1 years to reach maturity
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Water Caltrop Overview
Trapa is a small genus containing around 8 annual aquatic species in the Lythraceae family. These plants have a large natural range, across most of Europe Africa and Asia and they are commonly found growing in slow-moving water. They are commonly known by the name Water Caltrop. Flowers have 4 petals and they are typically white or yellow. The leaves are divided into two forms, those underneath the water are divided and feathery, growing along the stems. Floating leaves are produced on the water surface, these are arranged in rosettes, the leaves are toothed along the edges and oval to triangular in shape, measuring approximately 2-3cm in length, on long stems.
How to propagate Water Caltrop
Seed in spring gathered in autumn and stored in water or damp moss.
Special features of Water Caltrop
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Water Caltrop
Grown for their foliage and flowers.