Killing off the Heart
Crested Flying Heart
•Perennial fresh water flower
Appearance/How to Identify:
•large green leaves
•purple under leaves
•Asia (Vietnam, Taiwan)
•shallow bodies of water, high risk in Texas
This species grows rapidly, covering the surface of bodies over water and blocking out the sun for other plants which kills off other important species of plants and aquatic animals
How was it introduced to the US?
This plant was introduced to the US originally as an ornamental plant for aquatic displays. It has spread because fragments get stuck in boats and are taken to new areas
How can we stop it?
Clean and dry boats, trailers, and equipment to prevent spread
Report through TexasInvasives.org
Crested Floating Heart
It completely covers an entire body of water!
Beautiful but Deadly
These plants are very beautiful but can destroy an ecosystem
These plants start out in shallow bodies of freshwater and spread literally EVERYWHERE!