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Alisma plantago-aquatica

Also called Mad-Dog Weed


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More About Alisma plantago-aquatica

  • Airy, white flowers
  • Clump forming perennial with hairless, plantain-like foliage emerging in early spring
  • Foliage stands 60 cm above the waterline
  • Found in fresh water ponds, slow moving streams or low lying areas
  • Bloom Time: June to August

Interesting Notes:

The word alisma is derived from the Celtic word meaning water. It has many, medicinal uses, including treatment of rabies, hence the common name "Mad-Dog Weed".

Zone:

3

Height:

60-70 cm

Spread:

30-50 cm

Colour:

White
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Broadleaf Water Plantain Growing and Maintenance Tips

Thrives in a moist to wet soil, or planted along water edges where the roots are submerged no deeper than 30 cm. Good for naturalizing, garden ponds and water gardens. Will self-sow aggressively in a suitable setting.


Alisma plantago-aquatica Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Fast
Fast
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Bog or water garden
Bog or water garden

Soil Moisture

Moist to Wet Soils
Wetland (Root submerged)

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Summer

Habit

Clumping

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Naturalizing

 Suitable Substitutions for Alisma plantago-aquatica

Pontederia cordata

Pontederia cordata

Pickerelweed

Peltandra virginica

Peltandra virginica

Green Arrow Arum

Sagittaria graminea

Sagittaria graminea

Grass Leaf Arrowhead