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Ludwigia repens (Creeping primrose-willow)
Marr, Minnette

Ludwigia repens

Ludwigia repens J.R. Forst.

Creeping Primrose-willow, Floating Primrose-willow, Water Primrose

Onagraceae (Evening Primrose Family)

Synonym(s): Isnardia intermedia, Isnardia repens, Ludwigia natans, Ludwigia natans var. stipitata, Ludwigia repens var. rotundata, Ludwigia repens var. stipitata

USDA Symbol: LURE2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This plant is widely grown as an aquarium plant.


From the Image Gallery

3 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Shape: Elliptic
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Inflorescence: Axillary , Spike
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Stems prostrate to decumbent, floating or creeping, up to about 30 inches long.
Flower: Sepals 4

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , FL , GA , KS , LA , MO , MS , NC , NM , NV , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA
Native Habitat: Muddy or sandy stream banks, ponds, ditches.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Jacob's Well Natural Area - Wimberley, TX

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1296 Collected 2009-03-09 in Hays County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 7 - Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California (1993) Hickman, J.C. (ed.)
Bibref 293 - Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas (1979) Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Ludwigia repens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ludwigia repens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ludwigia repens


Record Modified: 2023-02-17
Research By: TWC Staff

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