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Decodon verticillatus - Water willow

Native Wetland Plants

Decodon verticillatus

Water willow

More About Water willow

  • Arching stems with showy pink flowers at pond's edge
  • Great fall color

Decodon verticillatus, Water willow, is a perennial herb with a woody base at the bottom of its arching leafy stems. Decodon verticillatus is often found on the edges of standing water, lazy streams or marshy swamps. Growing from the stalks are dense clusters of showy pink/purple bell shaped flowers which bloom from July to September. Fall brings deep red and orange color to leaves. The Water willow will actually send roots from its tips when submerged in water and seeds are enjoyed by water fowl.

Bloom Color

Pink

Decodon verticillatus Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Mature Height
2' - 4'
Spread Characteristics
Prolific Seeder
Stoloniferous - Rapid
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Fall
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Fall
Pond Zonation
Low Marsh 0 - 6"
Shallow Water 6" - 12"
Foliage Color
Green
Orange
Red
Wildlife Benefits
Bees/Pollinators
Butterflies
Cover
Fish
Food
Songbirds
Wetland Indicator Status
OBL
Plant Type
Flowering Perennial
Marginal
Attributes
Bog
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Erosion Control
Fibrous Roots
Great Foliage
Mass Planting
Native
Naturalizing
Ornamental Flower
Storm Water Basin
Winter Persistant
USDA Hardiness Zone
3
4
5
6
7
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