Northern Water Plantain

Alisma triviale

The Alisma triviale is a aquatic plant that is mostly to only found in watery lands. Its a common aquatic flower plant in America, Mexico, and Canada. 5

By Aiden, The International School at Mesa del Sol, 2019

Alisma triviale, the northern water plantain, is a perennial semi-aquatic or aquatic plant in the water-plantain family (Alismataceae). It grows in shallow water or mud. Northern water plantain is native to Canada (including the Northwest Territories), the United States (including Alaska), and Northern Mexico.

The plant known scientifically as Alisma triviale or named simply as the Northern water plantain is a Herbaceous perennial type aquatic flora species that ranges from North America, to Canada, all the way to northern Mexico, but is mostly native to the northern Americas, they are known to bloom at around July to August, they also require low maintenance and are classified as snowy flowers.


The plant stem is green and slender with even skinnier branches with tiny flowers on each end the flowers have white petals and a green middle, the plant’s shape as a whole varies depending on its environment to put it simply: it looks like the aquatic cousin of a bush


The requirements to grow them are not high in demands, being wet aquatic plants means they would need wet marshy areas to be grown in, both water and wet soil can be used to grow them in what they need though is a full amount of sun to properly develop, they carry no ill diseases or pest problems when growing.


While they don’t carry necessarily big deals when grown however what has been practiced by the Native American Cherokee is using the plantain to make a poultice as treatment for bodily injuries such as wounds, swellings, bruises, and ulcers, the stem can also be uses as a medicine of sorts for stomach and bowel movement conditions, the plant has a fruit (if you choose to call it that) but its dry and can be inedible when ripe through so for no animals find the plant edible.


The plant being an aquatic flora, it mainly thrives off wet and watery places with some accessibilities to sun light at least, the most likely spots you’ll find them is in lakes, ponds, marshes, rivers, streams, shores, wetlands, and anthropogenic (human-made/disturbed habitats).


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