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Water-primrose (Ludwigia spp.)

Water-primrose Synonyms: Ludwigia peploides, Ludwigia grandiflora, and Ludwigia hexapetala

Common Names: Creeping water-primrose, large-flower primrose-willow, Uruguay water-primrose

Description: Non-native Ludwigia (L. peploides, L. grandiflora, and L. hexapetala) are very difficult to tell apart.

Habit: Large, mat-forming, emergent and floating herbaceous perennial.

Leaves: Alternate on stem, variable in size and shape, lance to egg-shaped, growing up to 3.5 in. long, smooth margins and either hairless or with long, soft hairs.

Stems: Glabrous or pubescent, fleshy, reddish in color 8in. - 2 ft. long that creep horizontally as well as grow vertically.

Flowers: 5 petals growing from leaf axils, bright yellow in color, 7-24 mm long and bloom in late July to August.

Fruit and seeds: 5 angled capsule, 3 cm long containing 40-50 seeds. Seeds are 1 - 1.5 mm long and embedded in the inner fruit wall.

Habitat: L. peploides is native to Australia, New Zealand, North and South America. While L. hexapetala and L. grandiflora are native to Central and South America.


Monitoring and rapid response: Small patches can be hand-pulled, be sure to remove all stem and root fragments. Large infestations can be controlled using herbicides registered for aquatic applications.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from CABI: Invasive Species Compendium and the King County Noxious Weed Control Program.

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Ludwigia spp.


(Evening primrose)





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