Mexican Primrose Willow (Ludwigia octovalvis)
Mexican Primrose Willow is a rather weedy perennial or subshrub of sunny areas with wet soils. Plants in full flower are colorful and showy and it is well suited for difficult areas, such as ditches or low wet ground.
Description: Mexican primrose-willow is a rather weedy perennial or subshrub of sunny areas with wet soils. Plants in full flower are colorful and showy and it is well suited for difficult areas, such as ditches or low wet ground. Like most members of the primrose-willow family (Onagraceae), it is readily propagated from cuttings as well as from seeds, the latter germinating without the need for any special treatments. Wildlife value is moderate with the flowers being visited by bees and the foliage eaten by the caterpillars of the banded sphinx moth (Eumorpha fasciatus). Note that, in spite of the common name, the plant is native to the southern United States from Texas, east to North Carolina.
Synonym(s): Mexican primrose-willow, Narrow-leaf Water Primrose, Seedbox, Mexican Primrose Willow
USDA Symbol: LUOC
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Water Use: Medium
Light Requirements: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Bloom Notes: This Water Primrose is a shrubby herbaceous plant that grows well in moist or shallow, submerged soils. The one inch, bright yellow flowers are numerous in the summer months and look great in a pond with other plants like Swamp Milkweed, Powdery Thalia, and Scarlet Rose-Mallow. It is fast growing and reseeds heavily. May need periodic trimming to prevent them from growing too large and overcoming other plants. Host plant for the Water-primrose hornworm moth, caterpillars and moths that are spectacular to see.
Missing Images: Plant, Leaf, Close-Up, Fruit-Seed
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