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Water Shield Brasenia schreberi

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
brah-SEE-nee-uh shre-BER-ee
Description

This plant resembles water lilies (Nymphaeaceae) since it is submerged to floating on the surface. It has trailing rootstock and grows in a wide range of water depths (1 in. to 6 ft.) but does best on water edge with 8 to 10 in. of water. Roots in the mud of shallow waters. 

 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#red#water garden#purple flowers#red flowers#water plant#food source#NC native#floating flowers#floating leaf#aquatic#floating aquatic#food source summer#food source fall#Coastal OBL#Piedmont Mountains OBL#food source hard-mast fruit
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#red#water garden#purple flowers#red flowers#water plant#food source#NC native#floating flowers#floating leaf#aquatic#floating aquatic#food source summer#food source fall#Coastal OBL#Piedmont Mountains OBL#food source hard-mast fruit
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Brasenia
    Species:
    schreberi
    Family:
    Cabombaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Africa, Temp. & Subtropical Asia, E. Australia, America
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Water Plant
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    This plant has purple/ red, 3-petaled, and 0.5-in. flowers on the water surface. Flowers close at night.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Slippery
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has floating oval leaves (2.5 in.) borne on long petioles. The underside of leaves has a gelatinous coating.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Underside of leaf and stem have a gel-like coating.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Pond
    Landscape Theme:
    Water Garden