Chinese Water Chestnut Plant

Other Common Names:

(Eleocharis dulcis)


The Chinese water chestnut plants is a rush like plant that has tall bright green stems, spiky white flowers, and edible tubers.


The Chinese water chestnut plant is a rush like plant that has bright green stems 20 inches to six and a half feet tall, growing in groups from the rhizomes. Flower stalks grow amongst the stems, and the flower has thin white petal like spikes three-fourths of an inch to two inches long. The tubers are about a quarter inch wide and have been used for human consumption and medicinal purposes. Chinese water chestnut plants grow in marshes.


Chinese water chestnut can be found across the northeastern United States.


rhizomes, fragments