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Creeping Burhead

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General Infomation

A perennial monocot distributed in the southeastern and midwestern U.S. Rare in the northern range.

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Species Data

Habitat

Typically in swamps and marshes on wet soil to shallow water.

Leaves

Bright green, clustered, basally attached with long petioles. Typically heart- to oval-shaped up to 10 in. long with five to nine prominent palmate veins.

Flowers

Whorls of 5 to 15 on arching or decumbent scapes that can measure 3 ft in length. Each flower has three white petals and three sepals. Seedheads and sepals are persistent.

Similar Species

Frog's bit has a spongy mass of inflated cells on the underside of the leaves, while those of creeping burhead are smooth.

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