(Hygrophila polysperma)

hygrophila photoHygrophila is a prolific exotic originally from the East Indies. It is mostly submersed, but a small portion of the plant may extend above the water surface. Leaves are opposite, elliptic to oblong, entire, and 1 1/2 inch long and 1/2 inch wide. Stems are square and grow up to 6 feet. Flowers are white to bluish-white and located in the axils of upper leaves.

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