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The Mexican Primrose Willow (Ludwigia octovalvis) is a member of the Evening Primrose family (Onagraceae). It is a native plant found in southern coastal states from Texas to North Carolina. It is found throughout Florida. Other names for this plant are Water Primrose and Narrow-
This perennial likes sunny, wet areas. It is often seen growing in marshes, ditches, and along the margins of ponds and lakes. It is an erect multi-
The showy flowers are 1 to 1-
These flowers provide a nectar source for many pollinating insects, including bees and butterflies. The plants also serve as a larval host plant for the Banded Sphinx Moth.
The Mexican Primrose Willow has long been used for medicinal purposes. Extracts have been consumed as a healthful drink for treating various conditions, including edema, nephritis, hypertension and diabetes. Recent research has shown it may also be useful for treating age-
All of the photos on this page were taken in Deep Creek in Charlotte County.
Metallic Green Bee sipping nectar
Leaf Cutter Bee gathering pollen