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PlantFiles: Water Celery, Water Parsley, Water Dropwort
Oenanthe javanica 'Flamingo'

Family: Apiaceae (ay-pee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Oenanthe (oh-eh-NAN-thee) (Info)
Species: javanica (juh-VAHN-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Flamingo

Synonym:Oenanthe stolonifera

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ponds and Aquatics

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dzdork On Aug 30, 2009, dzdork from Olney, MD wrote:

It's edible. It does spread like crazy, but we just rip out what we don't want.

Positive GeorgiaJo On Jun 11, 2006, GeorgiaJo from Dallas, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Yes, it does spread quickly. But it's beautiful around and in my pond and the goldfish love it.

Negative lmelling On Oct 20, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

While beautiful, this form of water celery is highly invasive! In 2000 I purchased a small 6" pot of this from a local water garden center. It had zone 6 noted (erroneously) on the indicator card, therefore I believed it would probably not overwinter in my area, but the leaves were so beautiful (pink & white tinged) that I felt it was worth having, if only for one year.

Not only did this little monster overwinter, it spread out (before I knew what it was doing) and worked it's runners into the rocks on the east side of my pond. The next spring, suddenly, not only was it spilling out of the pot in the pond, it was springing up on the bank amid the rocks as well - and the runners were criss-crossing my pond. By late summer I had runners all over the east end of my pond in the water, through the rocks, etc. I began pulling these and trying to control the plant to no avail.

By 2003 the plant had now sprung up on the south side of the pond and began spreading it's runners out into the pond in search of its next area.... I spend a good deal of time pulling runners on a weekly basis now. I have even noted that "new plants" have even started to invade my garden, which is uphill from the pond 6 feet. It is impossible to eradicate this plant by pulling the runners - it's too aggressive and has now gotten a good enough hold in the rocks that it is hopeless to try to dig out. You can control it to some extent that way, but I fear I'll never get rid of it entirely, and I can't use chemicals because of the proximity to the pond.

Zone 6? Ha!!! It lived through the winter 2003 here imbedded in the rocks and we had week-long exposures to temps in the -20/-25 area! I did a massive "search and destroy" weeding spurt in mid June 2004, but of course you cannot get it all! As you can see from my pictures taken in October 2004 -- "it's baaaack!"

Beware this little beauty unless you want a plant to take over your pond/bog area - because it will!


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

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
San Leandro, California
Chiefland, Florida
Niceville, Florida
Dallas, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Olney, Maryland
Fairport, New York
Ithaca, New York
Cleveland, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Friedens, Pennsylvania
Lewisville, Texas

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