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Alisma plantago-aquatica var. parviflora

Water plantain

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Key information

Plant type

Marginal

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

This alisma is perhaps the prettiest of the water plantains. It is an uncommon plant for the water's edge with broad leaves and bearing loose panicles of white flowers from June until September. It requires an open sunny position in mud or up to 25cm depth of water. This plant is quite free-flowering once established. They will often spread by self-seeding, provided the flower heads are not removed once they have faded. Plants may be propagated by division in spring or by seed in late summer.

Family: Alismataceae

Genus: Alisma

Species: plantago-aquatica

Plant type: Marginal

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 75cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Flowering period: June to September


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