Water-plantain - Alisma plantago-aquatica

Alternative names
Common Water-plantain

Medium to tall plant, leaves lanceolate to oval, pointed, with a truncate, or rather heart shaped base, stalked, mostly aerial. Flowers white with three petals, sometimes with a purplish tinge, small 6 to 10 mm, styles erect.

Similar Species

Alisma lanceolatum

Identification difficulty

Slow moving fresh water.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread and frequent in much of Britain but rather rare in parts of the north.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 306 of the 617 tetrads.

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map