Common Mermaid-Weed

Common_Mermaid-weed_jpgThe Haloragacea family is commonly known as the water milfoil family.Woody seeds (nutlets) are eaten by waterfowl and marsh birds.

OtherCommonName:

Water-Milfoil, Marsh Mermaid-Weed

ScientificName:

Proserpinaca palustris

Community:

Freshwater Wetlands

PlantStatus:

Native

LifeSpan:

Perennial

PlantHeight:

to 12 inches

FruitingTime:

Mid July to October

Distribution:

Nova Scotia to Florida ~ Statewide outside the Pine Barrens in New Jersey

FloweringTime:

Mid June to September

IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Stems horizontal at base rising to knee high at top ~ Leaves alternate, arranged in two lateral branches, like the barbs on a feather, fine featherlike, toothed, to 4 inches, submersed (covered with water) and emersed (rising above the surface of the water) ~ Flowers small, purplish to greenish ~ Ripe seeds are triangular in end view