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What is Little Floating Heart?
- Heart to oval shaped
- 1.25-2.75 inches long
- Reddish-purple in color on top
- Smooth on bottom
- White-cream in color
- Yellow in center
- 0.2-0.4 inches across
Where Does it Grow?
Little floating heart can be found in quiet flowing rivers, streams and lakes.
Pros and Cons of Little Floating Heart
Floating heart has no known direct food value to wildlife. 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.