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Nymphoides pelatata is often confused with:
Hydrocleys nymphoides Hydrocleys nymphoides
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Acorus calamus Acorus calamus
Arundo donax Arundo donax
Nymphaea 'James Brydon'

Yellow Floating Heart Nymphoides pelatata

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
nym-FOY-deez pel-TAH-ta
This plant is an invasive species in North Carolina
Description

Vigorous rhizomatous; can be aggressive; plant in 1-gallon containers; cover with 12-24 in. of water; full sun. Prefer high organic content sandy loam soil like a river bed or bottom of a pond.  Also performs well in containers.  Plants spread by underwater stems (runners) and can be divided easily that way though it can be propagated by seed as well.  They overwinter in cold areas at the bottom of bodies of water similar to water lilies. Its leaves float on bodies of water and resemble a small water lily.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious problems.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#invasive#water garden#rain garden#container plant#water plant#ponds#naturalizes
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#invasive#water garden#rain garden#container plant#water plant#ponds#naturalizes
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Nymphoides
    Species:
    pelatata
    Family:
    Menyanthaceae
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe, Asia
    Distribution:
    US from New England to AZ, CA, WA
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 4 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Water Plant
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Prostrate
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Appearing in summer and lasting only one day. Star-shaped bright yellow 3/4" flowers with a 5-lobed corolla that has papery texture. They bloom on long stalks above the leaves. Lobes are fringed.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Other/more complex
    Leaf Shape:
    Orbicular
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Round, to ovate, to heart-shaped 4" leaves slightly dentate, glossy leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Riparian
    Landscape Theme:
    Rain Garden
    Water Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil
    Problems:
    Invasive Species
    Weedy