Gardening

Discover the beauty of its Nymphoides peltata flowers

Nymphoides peltata  also known as Aquatic Gentians or Nymphoids . It belongs to the Menyanthaceae family, being native to Europe, except for Ireland, Denmark and the Scandinavian Peninsula.

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Nymphoides peltata characteristics

Deep-water plant that can root deeper than 1 m.

The stems are thin, stretched out that grow under water.

The leaves are floating, rounded, small, green in color, although they are usually spotted and blurred in brown tones.

The flowers are wrinkled and yellow in color. The flower separates from the water above 5 cm. It blooms in the summer.

Nymphoides peltata care

It is a species  that is used in gardening for the quality and beauty of its flowers.

It is undemanding, settling for a small space. Being suitable for ponds and flooded areas, since it can be shared with several plants.

Requires being in full sun or light shade.

It grows very well on muddy bottoms or in shallow, temperate waters.

Compost should be deposited on a surface layer of gravel to give it weight.

It is regularly kept free of common aquatic plant pests and diseases.

Perhaps the leaves turn yellow and dry, and this is due to a bacterial disease for which there is no treatment.

It is propagated by means of seeds or division of the rhizome in the spring and summer. For the latter you have to cut a piece of underground rhizome and bury it horizontally at about 20 cm. In a short time a new plant will form.

Data

  • It is a plant whose flowers only last one day and are lightly scented.
  • Old plants can develop submerged leaves and emerge. And even though they have the same shape and color, they have more resistant and rigid fabrics.
  • Its fruits develop and ripen under water. While their seeds float and are carried by the current, or, they adhere to the feathers of birds.
  • It is an excellent floating plant for those animals that flee from a lot of intense light. It is also excellent for small animal shelters.
  • Frogs perch on its leaves to take a breath or catch insects.

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