Plants are upright smooth perennials, with stout underground
stems from which new growth emerges. Its preferred habitat is
ponds, lakes, ditches and marshes. Distribution is throughout
the Escambia region.
The leaves are paddle-shaped on tall stems. A leaf may
reach a length of 24 inches, broadly lance-like, widest at the
middle to sometimes almost oval-shaped. The leaf base is wedge
shaped or rounded.
The flowers are in whorls along a stem that is usually
taller than the leaves. There will be three conspicuous petals
about 1 and 1/2 inch in diameter. The flowers are imperfect (not
bisexual), with the female flowers on the lower stem. The male
flowers are above. Each flower will have three white sepals.
Flowers occur in the spring, but it is not uncommon for those
in protected ponds with warmer waters to continue flowering until