Water starwort is a bay grass with bright green, egg-shaped leaves that float on the surface of the water. It grows in quiet fresh waters throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Water starwort has bright green, oval- or egg-shaped leaves on the upper part of its stem and straight leaves on the lower, submerged part of its stem. Two leaves grow at each joint on the stem.
This grass grows in quiet, non-tidal fresh waters such as streams, lakes and ditches, and is occasionally found in small, shallow tidal freshwater creeks and rivers. Egg-shaped leaves float in clusters on the water’s surface.
Found in tidal and non-tidal fresh waters throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Ducks feed on the leaves and seeds.
Water starwort reproduces both sexually and asexually. It flowers from July to September, forming numerous seeds.