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Callitriche palustris - L.

Common Name Common Waterwort, Vernal water-starwort
Family Callitrichaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Springheads, rills, quiet waters and wet shores in northern N. America[43].
Range Most of Europe, but extinct in Britain, most of N. America and Asia.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Water Plants Full sun
Callitriche palustris Common Waterwort, Vernal water-starwort


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Callitriche palustris Common Waterwort, Vernal water-starwort
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Callitriche palustris is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.3 m (1ft). It is in flower from Jul to August, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Water. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It can grow in water.

Synonyms

C. verna. L. C. vernalis.

Habitats

 Pond;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Plant - boiled and seasoned[177].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

A water plant, it should be allowed to root into the soil at the bottom of the pond or be grown in a pot in the pond. This species is an excellent oxygenator of the water and a good food source for fish[1, 200]. It provides a good habitat for wildlife in the pond, the leaves holding spawn well[1]. This species belongs to one of only two known dicot genera where pollination taks place under water[274]. Plants remain active all winter.

Propagation

Seed - we have no details on this species but would suggest that the seed will be best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe in a pot standing in about 5cm of water. It is quite likely that the seed has a short viability, especially if it is allowed to become dry. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in trays of water in the greenhouse for at least their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings can be taken at any time in the growing season. They root easily, even if just placed in a pot of water.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Callitriche hermaphroditicaWater Starwort, Northern water-starwort00

 

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