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 Egeria?
Middle & Upper Leaves:
- Whorls of 4 to 6
- Up to 1.5 inches long and 0.2 inches wide
- 3 petals
- 0.08-0.13 inches thick
- Rooted on the bottom or floating if broken off
Egeria is often confused with the native Elodea or the non-native Hydrilla. Hydrilla has one or more teeth on the underside of the midrib, neither Elodea nor Egeria have these midrib teeth. The teeth make Hydrilla feel rough when drawn through your hand from base to tip. Flowers of Egeria are larger than Hydrilla. Egeria leaves are larger than elodea and in whorls of 4 to 6 and not 3 as with elodea.
Where Does it Grow?
Egeria is native to South America but has become naturalized in much of the Southeastern U.S. Egeria can be found in lakes, ponds, ditches, pools, and quiet streams.
Pros and Cons of Egeria
This plant is not native to North America, but has naturalized in much of the United States. While it is not illegal to possess this plant in Texas, it should not be introduced into new water bodies and should be treated with herbicide when present.