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Native Wetland Plants

Proserpinaca palustris

Water Mermaid

More About Water Mermaid

Proserpinaca palustris, water Mermaid, is a native perennial found in swamps, marshes, shores, and  ephemeral woodland ponds. When above the waterline, Water Mermaid exhibits leaves that resemble rosemary with serrated edges. When submerged, Water Mermaid looks like a totally different plant with saw-toothed leaves which are even more ornate.

Bloom Color

White

Proserpinaca palustris Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Mature Height
< 1'
Spread Characteristics
Prolific Seeder
Stoloniferous - Rapid
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer
Pond Zonation
Low Marsh 0 - 6"
Shallow Water 6" - 12"
Foliage Color
Green
Wildlife Benefits
Amphibians
Cover
Food
Nesting
Waterfowl
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Wetland Indicator Status
OBL
Plant Type
Bog/Marsh
Flowering Perennial
Marginal
Oxygenator
Submergent
Attributes
Container
Erosion Control
Ground Cover
Mass Planting
Native
Naturalizing
Storm Water Basin
USDA Hardiness Zone
2
3
4
5
6
7
8