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Justicia americana

American Water-willow, Common Water-willow

Scientific Name:

Justicia americana

Genus:

Justicia

Species Epithet:

americana

Common Name:

American Water-willow, Common Water-willow

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Acanthaceae (Acanthus Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Violet

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Wet

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

River and stream beds, in shallow water, often rooted in rocky shallows (Weakley 2015). Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Plants

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Plant

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Blooms

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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