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Golden club - Orontium aquaticum

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GeneralitŠ°

The golden club is a perennial aquatic plant native to North America. This species has large leaves with an elongated size, rather dark in color, bluish-green, velvety, covered with a waxy patina that makes them water-repellent; they form initially erect tufts, which over time become arched, so as to make the leaves float on the surface of the water. During the spring season, it produces long inflorescences consisting of a thick erect white stem, which can reach a maximum height of 30-40 cm, covered at the upper end by flowers of a golden-yellow shade; in late summer the flowers are followed by the fruits which appear in the form of small berries, covered with a spongy film, which allows them to float on the surfaces of the lakes where it grows.


Exposure

The golden club (also known by the name of Orontium aquaticum) preferably grows in full sun, but develops well also in areas of partial shade; during the winter season it does not particularly fear the cold weather, even if it is advisable to place it in quite deep waters in the places with very harsh winters. Usually it prefers shallow and calm waters, such as those of small ponds or ponds where it is able to develop at its best; fleshy rhizomes should be planted on the bottom of aquatic gardens, or on the banks of small lakes.

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