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Giant Water Sensitive Plant

Aeschynomene fluitans

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Giant Water Sensitive Plant (Aeschynomene fluitans) at Liberty Landscape Supply

Giant Water Sensitive Plant flowers

Giant Water Sensitive Plant flowers

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Height:  10 inches

Spread:  10 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7b

Other Names:  Botswana Wonder, Large Leaf Sensitive Plant

Description:

Leaves on this aquatic plant will gracefully close when touched; perfect for moist to wet pond edges, and will even grow free floating; pretty yellow pea like flowers stand out over the symmetrical compound foliage in mid summer

Ornamental Features

Giant Water Sensitive Plant features showy yellow pea-like flowers rising above the foliage from mid summer to early fall. Its attractive oval compound leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The brick red stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Giant Water Sensitive Plant is an herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Giant Water Sensitive Plant is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Water Gardens
  • Container Planting
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Giant Water Sensitive Plant will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings.

Giant Water Sensitive Plant is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Characteristics
Garden  Container  Bog  Water 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features