water plantain

Alisma/Plantain (Alisma plantago-aquatica)

  • Hardiness: zones 2 – 11
  • Height: 30–100 cm (12–40 in.).
  • Flower: Pale lilac flowers are borne on wide branches and open between 1pm and 7pm each day. Flowering time: June–September. Blooms profusely, but flowers are short lived.
  • Foliage: Most leaves aerial, floating and submerged leaves fairly common in flowing water. Aerial and floating leaves long-stalked, 8–25 cm (3–10 in.) long. Blade ovate, with rounded or cordate base and entire margins. Submerged leaves may have a strap-shaped blade.
  • Comments: Natural habitat is in shallow water of lakes, rivers, and brackish water bays especially on grazed shores, ditches, ponds. Sometimes referred to as Water Baby Breath.