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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Hydrolea ovata Nutt. ex Choisy
Blue Water Leaf, Hairy Hydrolea, Ovate false fiddleleaf
USDA Symbol: hyov
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The sprawling, sturdy blue waterleaf plant, which grows to 3 feet tall, is spiny and covered with rough hairs. Several stems grow from the base and are branched in the upper portion. Leaves are 1–2 1/2 inches long and 1 inch wide, alternate, undivided, and unlobed. There is a prominent spine on the stem just below the leaf. Many flowers and buds grow in clusters at the ends of the stems. Flowers are bright blue or purplish, 1 inch across, funnel-shaped, opening into 5 broad petal-like lobes. The conspicuous purple stamens extend beyond the petals. Blue waterleaf tends to form large colonies around the edge of lakes, ponds, and streams, and may stand in water for weeks without apparent damage (248).
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep
AL , AR , FL , GA , KY , LA , MO , MS , OK , TN , TX Native Habitat:
Stream/river banks, Near lakes or ponds USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Sandy
BenefitUse Ornamental: Blooms ornamental, Bog or pond area, Water garden
Deer Resistant: High
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1115
Collected 2011-10-02 in Van Zandt County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: NPC