A wetland plant that prefers to grow in moist soils or shoreline shallows. It has a thick stalk with a leaf that is lance-shaped or resembles a candle flame. When the leaves are submerged they are more ribbon-like.

White or pale purple, 3-petal flowers are at the end of a thick stalk separate from the leaf. Flowering from June – August the plant varies from 1-3 feet in height.

Once introduced water plantain can spread rapidly along the shoreline.

Control with aquatic herbicides can be achieved when necessary. Multiple seasons are required for established colonies as seeds continue to germinate.