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Ludwigia peploides

Family: Onagraceae (on-uh-GRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ludwigia (lud-WIG-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: peploides (pep-LOY-deez) (Info)

Synonym:Jussiaea peploides
Synonym:Ludwigia peploides subsp. peploides

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Ponds and Aquatics

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

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

Soil pH requirements:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Leesto On Aug 20, 2013, Leesto from Los Angeles, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I planted this approximately 12 inches deep in my pond in a one-gallon container. I am in Southern California and the plant gets full sun all day long. Within 30 days it had extended more than 5 feet in all directions and continued to grow. Since then it has spread to about 20 feet in diameter - creeping along the surface and getting nutrients from roots which grow in the water. I now trim it about every 30 days, which forces it to branch and become fuller. If I did not trim it back I believe it would take over the entire pond.

The plant has nice yellow flowers which are self-cleaning. It is never covered with flowers - they are spaced around a foot apart. Overall it has a very healthy and robust look. People who see it always comment how healthy it looks.

I have found it easy to propagate. Since the branches naturally grow roots into the water, I just snip off 6 to 12 inch sections and plant them in garden soil in pots which I place in a tray of water. I give them some shade for a few days then move them into the sun. In a week or two the new plants are already growing rapidly and can be pinched back to encourage branching. I often give them to friends, so I may give the young plants a dose of liquid bloom formula to encourage flowering before I present them.


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

Barling, Arkansas
Dyer, Arkansas
Van Nuys, California
Corbin, Kentucky
Haltom City, Texas

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