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Water Chestnut

Trapa natans

Also known as

Buffalo Nut, Chinese Ling, Horn Nut, Jesuit's Nut, Saligot, Water Caltrop, Water Nu, Bullnut, Jesuits nut, Caltrop

Trapa natans kz5 by Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Frequent watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

5cm

Max

50cm

1cm

Min

25cm

1 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Water Chestnut Overview

This floating plant grows from nuts. It develops dark green leaves which help to shade the water. In late summer a small white flower is produced. In warm summer nuts can be formed which sink to bottom of the pond to reproduce the following year.

Common problems with Water Chestnut

Generally pest and disease free.

    How to harvest Water Chestnut

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Water Chestnut

    Seed

    Nuts can be ordered in Spring to be added after the last frost.

    Special features of Water Chestnut

    Attractive fruits

    Other uses of Water Chestnut

    Culinary, floating.