Nymphoides peltata - (Gmelin.)Kuntze.
Common Name Water Fringe, Yellow floatingheart
Family Menyanthaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Water margins of ponds and slow moving water[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Sweden south and east to Spain, N. and W. Asia to Japan.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Fully Hardy Water Plants Full sun

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Nymphoides peltata Water Fringe, Yellow floatingheart

Nymphoides peltata Water Fringe, Yellow floatingheart
Physical Characteristics
Nymphoides peltata is a PERENNIAL.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from Jul to September, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, lepidoptera.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It can grow in water.

Limnanthemum nymphoides. L. peltatum.

Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Leaves and leaf stems - cooked as a potherb[2, 178, 179, 183]. The interior of the stem is eaten, it is highly esteemed[145, 178]. The leaves are not very palatable[K]. Flower buds - cooked as a potherb[105, 183]. Seed[178]. No further details are given.
Medicinal Uses

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Anthelmintic;  Diuretic;  Febrifuge;  Galactogogue;  Skin.

Anthelmintic, diuretic, febrifuge, galactogogue, skin. The fresh leaves are used in the treatment of periodic headaches[145, 178, 240]. The plant is diuretic, febrifuge and refrigerant[218]. It is bruised and used in the treatment of burns, fevers, ulcers, snake bites and swellings[218]. The plant contains rutin, but no details are given of the quantity[218].


Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
A water plant growing readily in shallow water in a rich loam[1]. It can be very invasive in a rich soil[56]. Prefers a sunny position[200]. Dislikes acid conditions. The flowers have a delicate, almond-like perfume[245].
Seed - sow as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse in pots submerged under 25mm of water. Prick out into individual pots as soon as the first true leaf appears and grow them on in water in a greenhouse for at least two years before planting them out in late spring. The seed is collected by wrapping the developing seed head in a muslin bag to avoid the seed being lost. Harvest it 10 days after it sinks below the soil surface or as soon as it reappears[200]. Division in May. Each portion must have at least one eye. Submerge in pots in shallow water until established[56].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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