Chinese Water Chestnut

picture of blue flag irisEleocharis dulcis

Family:
Cyperaceae

Lifecycle:
Perennial

Native or Introduced:
Introduced

Nutrient Removal Rating:
Medium

Wildlife Value:
High

Invasiveness:
Low

Rooted or Floating:
Rooted

Site Requirements:
Full sun

Maximum Water Depth:
3 inches

Plant Description:
Chinese water chestnut is an herbaceous perennial that produces edible rhizomes. Culms (above ground stems) are spike-like and can be spongy or hollow. Usually, two basal leaves are attached to each culm. Flowering stalks are in the form of a single spike. Like all species in this genus, Chinese water chestnut is restricted to wet areas.

 


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