USDA, NRCS. 2018. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 28 March 2018). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.
What is Mexican Water Primrose?
- Reddish along the edges
- Short leaf stalks
- Yellow in color
- Easily lose petals
- 4 petals
- 4 sepals, reddish in color
- Scales reddish-green in color
- Located directly under flower
- Cylindrical shaped
- Reddish-green in color
- Does not open to release seeds when ripe
- Many seeded
Where Does it Grow?
Mexican Water Primrose can be found along the banks of ponds, lakes, and marshes.
Pros and Cons of Mexican 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.