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Dodecatheon are summer-dormant herbaceous perennials with basal rosettes of simple leaves and erect or arching stems bearing umbels of cyclamen-like flowers with strongly reflexed petals. The flowers can range from purplish, through pinks to white with cone-shaped, purple stamens and pistils.
Native habitat: Open woods and glades, rocky wooded slopes, dry to wet meadows and prairies. Prefers a moist to wet site.
Excellent for a waterside planting, but adaptable to rich border conditions or the woodland garden. They are also good for alpine houses.
Echinodorus palaefolius has round leaves with a horizontal leaf base. Under water the leaves are narrower and longer. The next leaves will then become shorter and the plant will remain under water. Common as aquarium plants, they grow even larger as emersed pond plants.
Under water, the leaves are spear shaped but once it breaches the surface they become more rounded like other species of Water Hyacinth.
In favourable conditions it forms an amazingly beautiful hyacinth-like flower.