Ludwigia peploides (Kunth) P.H. Raven
Floating Primrose-willow, Water-primrose, Creeping Water-primrose
Onagraceae (Evening Primrose Family)
USDA Symbol: LUPE5
This species includes subspecies that are North American natives. However, it also includes subspecies that are not native to North America, e.g. Ludwigia peploides ssp. montevidensis, Floating Primrose-willow. Non-native taxa are not treated in this database.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Stems floating or creeping, sometimes ascending to erect, from a few inches long up to about 10 feet long.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NE , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV
Native Habitat: Found in ponds and streams in east-central and eastern Texas; locally west to the Trans-Pecos. Grows in mud or shallow water.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Conditions Comments: In summer, the delightful yellow flowers are a great addition to the pond. The plant can be trimmed anytime to remove white, fleshy stems or to prevent creeping water-primrose from creeping to wherever it would like. The flowers provide nectar for adult butterflies.
BenefitWarning: Berries may be mildly poisonous if eaten. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a person’s age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plant’s different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
PropagationCommercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS
Nueces River Authority - Uvalde, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0640 Collected May 30, 1992 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
BibliographyBibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America - beta site (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ludwigia peploides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ludwigia peploides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ludwigia peploides
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff