USDA, NRCS. 2018. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 28 March 2018). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.
Illustration courtesy of University of Florida/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. Used with permission.
What is Carolina Redroot?
- Thick near base, thin near tips
- Growing directly rhizome
- Grow in the spring and summer
- Branching clusters
- Located above the leaves
- Look woolly
- 6 petals
- Inner petals yellowish & woolly
- Outer petals whitish
- Red-orange rhizome
- Red-orange in color
Where Does it Grow?
Carolina redroot can be found along sandy shores, in ditches, swamps, and lakes.
Pros and Cons of Carolina Redroot
Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitats for many micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians, reptiles, ducks, etc.). After aquatic plants die, their decomposition by bacteria and fungi provides food (called “detritus”) for many aquatic invertebrates.