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 Creeping Burhead?
- Leaf stalk up to 0.75+ inches long
- Blade egg-shaped
- 0.47+ inches in diameter
- Up to 4 feet long
- Many whorls of flowers
- Does not open to release seed
- Rough texture
Where Does it Grow?
Creeping burhead can be found in the mud and shallow water of ponds and quiet streams.
Pros and Cons of Creeping Burhead
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.