• Don Yurewicz

Floating Heart (Nymphoides cordata)

Updated: Apr 15, 2020


Floating Heart in Dolloff Cove (note dragonfly for scale) - photo by Don Yurewicz


Floating heart is a small floating perennial. Leaves are small, approximately 1-1.5 inches across, and heart-shaped. The leaves may be reddish to purplish in color. Flowers are white.


Identification Tips: The leaves are often confused with those of the yellow water-lily but are only about the size of a 50 cent piece, and the shape resembles a heart, with the same soft v-shape of the yellow water-lily. Floating heart has a small white flower that can be found in mid-summer; yellow water-lily has a large yellow flower that blooms most of the summer. (Source: Aquatic Plants and Algae of New Hampshire's Lakes and Ponds)

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