Lilaeopsis carolinensis

Carolina lilaeopsis

Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)

Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: aquatic
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: 0.6-1.25 ft    Width: mat forming
Phenology: evergreen,winter dormant
Noted for: Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Noted as an aquarium plant. Can be planted in mucky areas along the edges of water features where it forms dense mats of bright green foliage.
Considerations: Can be overly aggressive. If planted outside its range, it appears to have the potential to become invasive....
Propagation: Division.
Availability: Specialty providers
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam, organic material (muck), pond, lake, or stream bottom


Native Habitats: Basin marsh, seep stream, estuarine brackish marsh. Ditches & muddy shores.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

The author identified the plant now in the USF Herbarium for Hillsborough County. It was taking over a near-coastal borrow pond being used as a wetland mitigation area. It seems likely that this plant was an escape from a nearby area where the plant was being cultivated for the aquarium trade.