Ribbonleaf Pondweed (Epihydrus)

The Ribbonleaf Pondweed (Epihydrus) is generally described as a perennial forb/herb. This is native to the U.S. (United States) has its most active growth period in the summer and fall . The greatest bloom is usually observed in the mid summer, with fruit and seed production starting in the summer and continuing until fall. Leaves are not retained year to year. The Ribbonleaf Pondweed (Epihydrus) has a short life span relative to most other plant species and a rapid growth rate.

The Ribbonleaf Pondweed (Epihydrus) is not commonly available from nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by bare root, seed, sprigs. It has a moderate ability to spread through seed production and the seedlings have medium vigor. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below -33°F. has none tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Growth Rate Rapid
General Type Forb/herb
Growth Period Summer, Fall
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Short
Plant Nativity Native to U.S.
Commercial Availability No Known Source
Physical Characteristics
Bloom Period Mid Summer
Displays Fall Colors No
Shape/Growth Form Single Crown
Drought Tolerance None
Shade Tolerance Intolerant
Vegetative Spread Slow
Flower Color Green
Flower Conspicuousness No
Fruit/Seed Abundance Medium
Fruit/Seed Seasonality Summer Fall
Seed Spread Rate Moderate
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Bare Root, Seed, Sprigs
Moisture Requirements High
Cold Stratification Required No
Minimum Temperature -33
Toxic to Nearby Plants No
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Regrowth Rate None
After-Harvest Resprout Ability No
Responds to Coppicing No
Growth Requirements
pH Range 5.4–7 pH
Precipitation Range 14–14 inches/yr
Planting Density 1700–4800 indiv./acre
Minimum Frost-Free Days 100 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance None
CaCO3 Tolerance Low
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention No
Fire Resistant No

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database, plants.usda.gov.
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA