Creeping Primrose: Ludwigia palustris
|Weed Description: A creeping
aquatic weed that grows along shorelines, in shallow water, and less often submersed in
Leaves: Arranged oppositely along the stem, oval-shaped to elliptic in outline, approximately 1/2 to 1 inch long. The leaves of creeping primrose are highly variable in color, from green to slightly red-tinged or entirely red- or purple-tinged. Leaves are without hairs (glabrous).
Stems: Creeping and rooting at the nodes.
|Flowers: Arise from the areas between
the stems and the leaves (leaf axils) and are inconspicuous and without petals.
Identifying Characteristics: Aquatic plant primarily of shorelines with opposite leaves and stems that root at the nodes. Additionally, the red- or purple-tinged leaves that sometimes occur help in the identification of creeping primrose. Several other primrose species occur as aquatics, however creeping primrose is the species most commonly encountered.