Pacific waterleaf (Hydrophyllum tenupies)

Pacific waterleaf is a perennial, herbaceous plant native to western North America. It is a groundcover plant that spreads wildly, and tends to compete space with English Ivy. It can grow to two feet tall, and its rhizomatous roots help it spread in a greater area. The leaves are alternately arranged and usually have five segments, with coarsely-toothed margins and hairs. The flowers it produces are small, lavender and white-green, bell shaped and five to seven millimeters long. The stamens and pistil protrude much farther than the flowers, distinguishing them from other flowers. The waterleaf thrives in lower to middle elevations, in forests and moist sites.

  • Leaves in segments of five and coarsely-toothed, alternately arranged
  • Grow very fast, compete with English Ivy
  • Can grow to two feet tall
  • Flowers are small, lavender, white-green
  • Stamen and pistils extend far beyond the flowers