oblong, lanceolate, oblanceolate, obovate, spatulate
forb, floating aquatic, aquatic
April - October
Flowers with long pedicels, prominent dark red to black stipules. Flowering stems usually erect, non-flowering stems creeping with ovate leaves. Aggressive exotic forming mats on water. Bright red stem late in year. Leaves alternate with wavy edge, entire, no hairs, axillary leaves. Petioles as long or longer than leaves. Adventitious roots at nodes. Petals 1.5" diameter. Sepals 5.
Mud, shallow water, ponds and streams, swamps, ditches.