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PlantFiles: Seedbox, Bushy Waterprimrose
Ludwigia alternifolia

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Family: Onagraceae (on-uh-GRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ludwigia (lud-WIG-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: alternifolia (al-tern-ee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Perennials

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Foliage:
Good Fall Color

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Profile:

2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral htop On Jan 3, 2009, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown nor observed this plant. Ludwigia alternifolia is native to Texas and other states.

Positive poppy23 On Sep 14, 2008, poppy23 from Memphis, TN wrote:

This beautiful native wildflower came up on its own in several of my perennial beds this year. I pulled some of them out, but let a few others stay, to see what they would do, and I'm so glad that I did! The plant produces small but beautiful bright yellow flowers, and attractive seedpods. It is also a host plant for the banded sphinx moth (Eumorpha fasciatus), so I now have several very colorful, large, red-green-black-&-white caterpillars on the plants. I've collected seeds to give to friends now!

Positive claypa On Jul 17, 2008, claypa from West Pottsgrove, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is a U.S. native plant that has only been reported as invasive in Puerto Rico, nowhere else.

Neutral creekwalker On Jul 16, 2008, creekwalker from Benton County, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

Also called False Loosestrife. Missouri Wildflowers says it does well as a garden subject and seeds freely.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Villa Rica, Georgia
Cole Camp, Missouri
Frenchtown, New Jersey
Summerville, South Carolina
Memphis, Tennessee
Spring, Texas



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