Other Scientific Names:
Ipomoea reptans auct
Other Common Names: swamp morning-glory, swamp morningglory
Weed class: monitor list
Native to: Asia
Federally listed as a noxious weed (USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine)
Why Is It a Noxious Weed?
How would I identify it?
Water-spinach is a creeping, herbaceous vine.
Broadly funnel-shaped flowers similar to "morning glory" flowers are showy and generally white, pale pink, or lilac.
Arrowhead shaped leaves are simple, alternate, and usually smooth. Blades are held above the water.
Where does it grow?
This plant grows in moist, cultivated areas and in lakes, ponds, drainage ditches and canals.
How Does it Reproduce?
This plant reproduces by seed.
For More Information
USDA APHIS page on water spinach
USDA Invasive Species page for water spinach
Florida Department of Environmental Protection weed alert on water spinach
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources page on water spinach