Limnophila is a perennial from Southeast Asia. Most of the plant is submersed, but a few inches of the stem and leaves can be emergent. Submersed leaves are up to 1 inch long, feathery, and in whorls about the stem, while emersed leaves are generally lance-shaped with irregular margins. Stems are up to 12 feet long. Single blue to lavender flowers occasionally occur on the emersed portion of the stem.
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