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Water Shield

Brasenia schreberi

Water shield is a rooted plant with floating oval or round shaped leaves that are a vibrant green on top with purple to red undersides. Small purple or pink flowers extend on a long stalk above the water. Water shield is also commonly called “snot grass,” due to the unusual and distinctive gelatinous or slimy covering on its roots and stems.

Also known as: Water snot; water target; dollar bonnet; purple wen-dock; snotgrass