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Nymphoides peltata

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Characteristics

Plant type

Aquatic

Habit

Submerged

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

yellow floating heart

Family

Menyanthaceae


Nymphoides are deciduous, rhizomatous aquatic perennials with slender rhizomes bearing kidney-shaped or rounded floating leaves and solitary yellow or white flowers with fringed petals, held just above the water surface

N. peltata is a vigorous aquatic perennial with rounded bright green, mottled leaves and long-stalked, bright yellow flowers to 2.5cm across in summer

Other common names

  • dwarf water lily
  • fringe
  • fringed buckbean
  • fringed water lily
  • small yellow water lily
  • water fringe

Synonym(s)

  • Villarsia nymphoides peltata

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in shallow water at pool margins in full sun

Soil

  • Poorly-drained
  • Neutral, Acid or Alkaline
  • Clay or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by runners removed in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Wildlife Gardens


How to care

Pruning

Deadhead and remove yellow leaves regularly

Pests

Can get water-lily beetle, water lily aphid, brown china-mark moth and false leaf-mining midge

Diseases

Generally disease free