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Littorella uniflora

shoreweed

A semi-evergreen, slow-growing, compact aquatic plant with short stems and narrow, pale green leaves which form rosettes and send runners out to create a carpet effect. If not submerged, a very small, four-petalled single white flower emerges from the centre of the rosette from May to August. It generally copes well in shade, and can be found in ponds, lakes and slow-moving streams. It is also suitable for terrariums and aquariums

Synonyms
Littorella juncea
Littorella lacustris

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
1 year
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Poorly–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Plantaginaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi evergreen
Habit
Submerged
Name status

Correct

Plant range
Europe

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in part shade to full sun in moist, boggy soils, or fully submerged in clear water ponds to a maximum depth of up to 60cm (24") below water level. See pond plants for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by removing offsets which will appear from new runners. These can be snipped off and replanted elsewhere

Suggested planting locations and garden types
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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