USDA, NRCS. 2018. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 28 March 2018). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.
What is Hairy Water Primrose?
- Linear or elliptical shaped
- 0.79-3.94 inches long
- 0.12-0.59 inches wide
- Leaf stalk 0.04-0.2 inches long
- 4 sepals
- 0.16-0.2 inches long
- No petals
- Dry seed pod
- 0.12-0.16 inches long and thick
- Many seeded
- About 0.02 inches long
- Up to 4 feet tall
Where Does it Grow?
Water primrose can be found in shallow marshes, ponds and ditches.
Pros and Cons of Water Primrose
Ducks and other waterfowl will consume the seeds of water primrose. 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.