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A perennial with showy flowers that can form dense, floating mats. Classified as a noxious weed in CA, but is also listed as threatened or endangered in KY and MD.
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Can be found growing in shallow, slow-moving freshwater - often rooted in the mud. It can also form dense mats in ditches and ponds.
Mostly egg- or heart-shaped. Note that the underside of the floating immature leaf is covered with a spongy, cell-like texture that aids in leaf flotation. Mother plants usually have erect leaves, while the daughter plants may have smaller floating leaves.
Male and female flowers, with narrow white petals, are located at or below the surface of the water.
Creeping burhead and frog's bit are similar in shape and habit. Remember to look for the inflated area on the leaves of frog's bit.
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