Water plantain (Alisma plantago-aquatica)

The plant known as Alisma plantago-aquatica is perfect for planting near waterways, or even on the edge of the pond. Being a perennial, it will produce flowers season after season for many years, which means that you will be able to contemplate the beauty of its petals in your garden for a long time.

Do you want to know how to take care of it? Well, you know: keep reading .

Origin and characteristics

Our protagonist is a perennial aquatic plant whose scientific name is Alisma plantago-aquatica. It receives the common names of water plantain, water plantain, hare’s ear, frog bread, alisma or water rosette. It is native to the Northern Hemisphere, where it grows in humid places such as the edges of rivers, swamps or ponds.

It can reach a height of up to 1 meter, sprouting from a fibrous, bulbous root. The leaves are basal, oblong or lanceolate, measure 15 to 30 cm and grow in a rosette. The flowers are grouped in inflorescences in the form of a pyramidal panicle, and are white or pink. The fruit is an achene that contains a single seed.


It is a plant that has interesting medicinal properties:

  • Leaves (dry): in infusion they are astringent, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, and purifying.
  • Root: used in a poultice to treat snake bites.

But it is important to keep in mind that both the leaves and the roots can cause skin irritations.

What are their cares?

If you want to have a copy, we recommend that you take care of it as follows:

  • Location: it must be outside, in full sun.
  • Land:
    • Pot: universal growing substrate, first pouring a layer of clean river sand.
    • Garden: grows in well-drained and moist soils.
  • Irrigation: very frequent, daily if necessary. The earth must always be moist.
  • Subscriber: in spring and summer with organic fertilizers once a month.
  • Multiplication: by seeds in spring.
  • Hardiness: withstands cold and frost down to -7ºC.

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