Common name:Floating Heart
Height x width: 1-3" x 12-24"
Growth rate: moderate to fast
Foliage: generally rounded and lily-like to 6" across, floating
Flowers: yellow or white as noted below for species, on slender stalks arising from petioles throughout summer
Hardiness: zones vary with species
Soil: 3-12" depth of water
Pests and Problems: none serious
Landscape habit, uses: surface cover for water gardens while lilies establish (peltata), water containers and gardens for other species
Other interest: from the Greek nympha meaning nymph and oides meaning resembling
Other culture: peltata is invasive colonizing large areasand should be kept in check
Propagation: seed, division
Those marked * are most common in U.S. commerce.
• cordata--zones 5-10, native to eastern N. America, leaves ovate and flowers in umbels creamy to white
• cristata--zones 7-10, green and red variegated leaves, small clusters of fragrant white flowers
• crenata-- zones 7-10, bright yellow flowers, brown leaves with green veins
• geminata--zones 7-10, fringed yellow flowers, lily-like leaves brown and green
• indica-- Water Snowflake, zone 10, native to Tropics, many white fringed flowers, leaves rounded
• *peltata--Yellow Floating Heart, Water Fringe; zones 6-10, native to Eurasia and naturalized in the U.S.; bright gold-yellow flowers, short fringed on long stalks above the water in umbels; native to Eurasia but naturalized in the U.S.
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