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 Waterhyssop?
- 1/8th inch wide
- 5/8th inch long
- Relatively thick
- 4-5 petals
- Many branches
Where Does it Grow?
Waterhyssop can be found in fresh or brackish waters.
Pros and Cons of Waterhyssop
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.
What Type of Waterhyssop Do I Have?
There are 2 species of waterhyssop that are common in Texas. Click on the buttons to learn more about each species.