Photographer: Kitty Kohout
Butomus umbellatus L.
Butomus: Greek bous for "ox;" tomos for "cutting" referring to sharp leaf edge, unsuitable for fodder
umbellatus: like umbels or umbrella-like flower heads
Prohibited Invasive - Eradicate!
|Status: ||Introduced - locally established; potentially invasive|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, emergent aquatic 1'-5' tall; stout rhizomes|
|Flower: ||pink to white, 3- or 6-parted, 3/4"-1" wide, on thin stalks; inflorescence rounded, irregular umbels; blooms June-Aug.|
|Fruit:||dry seed with a long beaked; rarely germinating|
|Leaf:||sword-shaped, narrow, triangular in cross section, up to 40" tall|
|Habitat: ||wet; shores, marshes, lakes, streams; in muddy soil|
|Notes: ||reproduces mostly from rhizomes, should not be introduced into the wild!|