Samolus valerandi

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Samolus valerandi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Samolus
Species: S. valerandi
Binomial name
Samolus valerandi

Samolus valerandi is a species of water pimpernel native to a very wide area across Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Common names include seaside brookweed,[3] brookweed, thin-leaf brookweed, water cabbage, and water rose.[4]

Ecological aspects[edit]

Shallow water and wet soils. Along creeks, ditches and seepage areas.


The plant can be grown in ponds, bog gardens, and damp areas in the garden. S. valerandi prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy), and heavy (clay) soils, preferably neutral or basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot tolerate shade and likes a bright, sunny position. It requires moist or wet soil and can even grow in water. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure and is self-fertile. S. valerandi is sometimes grown in aquariums, although they seem to last only a limited time when grown fully submersed.


  1. ^ Crusio W. E. (1982). "Het geslacht Samolus L.". Communications of the Dutch Waterplant Society (in Dutch). 2: 13–25. 
  2. ^ Crusio W. E. (1984). "Notes on the genus Samolus L. (Primulaceae)". Communications of the Dutch Waterplant Society. 6: 13–16. 
  3. ^ "Samolus valerandi". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press 1992 ISBN 0-333-47494-5

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