Mud Plantain

Other Common Names:

(Heteranthera limosa)


Mud plantain’s stems and leaves emerge; leaves are sword or egg shaped and leathery. Flowers have five thin petals and are usually purplish blue.


Mud plantain has long, creeping stems that root at the nodes. Plants are typically rooted in mud with stems and leaves emerging from the water. Leaves can grow as long as three inches but are usually shorter. They are sword shaped or egg shaped, leathery with veins, and bright green, sometimes with brown spots. Leaves grow in groups from the ground. Flowers typically have five thin petals separated from each other and can be white to purplish blue in color.


Mud plantain can be found across the United States.