What flower is that?

Water Willow Water Willow plant
Photo credits: © Francis R. Underwood 2016

July’s mystery plant is an inhabitant of swampy, wet areas.  It is frequently seen at the Great Swamp in South Kingstown along the edges of the swamps.  It is a sub-shrub, woody at the base and more herbaceous toward the tip.  The stems are angled and the plant usually arches as it grows and the tips of the plants frequently take root.  The leaves are arranged oppositely or in groups of three along the stem. The flowers occur in the leaf axils and have 5 narrow, pink petals which are not fused together and do not form a tube.  The petals are about ½” long.  The sepals number 5-7 and like some of the other plants in this family have inter-sepalar appendages of the same number and length as the sepals. This plant grows in shallow water and is 3-5 feet long.  It blooms from late July to the end of August.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Decodon verticillatus
Common Name:
  Water Willow, Swamp Loosestrife
Family:
  Lythraceae (Loosestrife Family)
Habitat:
  Swampy areas and pond edges

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