• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Nymphoides peltata

Yellow floating heart

Yellow floating heart

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  • Other common names Yellow floating heart
    Dwarf water lily

    Fringed buckbean
    Fringed water lily
    Small yellow water lily
    Water fringe

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  • Synonyms Villarsia nymphoides peltata

  • Genus Nymphoides are deciduous, rhizomatous aquatic perennials with slender rhizomes bearing kidney-shaped or rounded floating leaves and solitary yellow or white flowers with fringed petals, held just above the water surface

  • Family Menyanthaceae / Menyanthaceae

  • Species N. peltata is a vigorous aquatic perennial with rounded bright green, mottled leaves and long-stalked, bright yellow flowers to 2.5cm across in summer

  • Plant range Eurasia


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Submerged



  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoisturePoorly-drained

  • SoilClay, Loam

  • pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline


  • Ultimate height

    Up to 10 cm

  • Ultimate spread

    1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in shallow water at pool margins in full sun

Propagation Propagate by runners removed in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning Deadhead and remove yellow leaves regularly

Pests Can get water-lily beetle, water lily aphid, brown china-mark moth and false leaf-mining midge

Diseases Generally disease free

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