Water Pimpernel

Water_Pimpernel_jpgThis family Primulacea commonly called the Primrose family consists of 22 genera and 800 species of herbs and half-shrubs found chiefly in temperate and cold regions of the Northern Hemisphere and in tropical mountains.  Some members of the family are cultivated as garden and house ornamentals, including species of Primula and Cyclamen.   The name Primrose is from the Middle Englishprimerose, ultimately from the Medieval Latin prima rosa (first rose).

OtherCommonName:

Brookweed

ScientificName:

Samolus parviflorus

Community:

Freshwater Wetlands

PlantStatus:

Native

LifeSpan:

Perennial

PlantHeight:

4 to 20 inches

FruitingTime:

June to October

Distribution:

New Brunswick to Florida ~ Statewide in New Jersey, most abundant throughout coastal strip and Delaware Bay shore, rare up large rivers

FloweringTime:

Late May to October

IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Stems branched from upper half ~ Leaves alternate, spoon shaped or oval, entire (not toothed) ~ Flower (calyx) bell shaped, triangular lobes, petals (corolla) 5 lobed, white