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Tape-grass, American eel-grass
Vallisneria americana
Hydrocharitaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Submerged aquatic herb.
Dimensions:
N/A; submerged or floating aquatic.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Widespread in North America south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties; Cuba.
Habitats:
Freshwater streams and sloughs in swamps.
Soils:
Permanantly inundated soils.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun to light shade.
Flower Color:
Greenish.
Flower Characteristics:
Inconspicuous.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous capsule.


 


Shirley Denton