Water Primrose (Ludwigia grandiflora)



Water primrose (Ludwigia grandiflora)

Photo courtesy of GB Non Native Species Secretariat

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  • Forms dense rafts and outcompetes native plant species.
  • Reduced light levels below the rafts can cause die off of waterweeds and algae and reduce water oxygenation levels killing fish and other fauna.
  • Has been linked to significant losses of biodiversity in France.
  • Has cost France millions of Euros where it has become established.
  • Blocks water bodies and drainage systems and may lead to an increased risk of flooding.
  • Impedes bathing and boating
  • Popular pond and aquarium plant and as such may arrive by trade and/or inappropriate disposal of the plant.
  • Disperses through plant fragments




Should not be released in the wild. Dispose of garden and pond waste responsibily. Check vehicles, boats, equipment and clothing for plant fragments when leaving infested sites and clean if necessary.

Physical Control

Mechanical removal is not recommended as the plant spreads through fragmentation.

Chemical Control

A recently completed Defra funded research project has shown that treatment with glyphosate herbicide reduces biomass by 75% in one year. This is not sufficient to eradicate the species even with two treatments. However a 97.8% reduction in biomass was ahieved using glyphosate and a non-oil soya sticking agent (codename TFWLM1). This latter product is not yet licensed for use in Britain but may be registered in the near future. To download final report of research project click here

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