Plant Care Fringed Water Lily

Fringed Water Lily

About Fringed Water Lily

Yellow floating heart is a perennial water plant in the Menyanthaceae family. It grows in 12 to 24 inches of water in the full sun. It prefers high organic content sandy loam soil like a river bed or bottom of a pond. It propagates by seed as well.


Nymphoides peltata

Also known as

Yellow floatingheart, Fringed water lily, Yellow floating heart, Floating heart, Water fringe and Entire marshwort

How to care for Fringed Water Lily

💦 Water

How often to water your Fringed Water Lily

Water needs for Fringed Water Lily
0.5 cups
every 9

Fringed Water Lily needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Fringed Water Lily

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Fringed Water Lily in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Fringed Water Lily: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Fringed Water Lily love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Fringed Water Lily does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Fringed Water Lily in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Fringed Water Lily

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Fringed Water Lily: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Fringed Water Lily after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Fringed Water Lily is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Fringed Water Lily →

Common Fringed Water Lily Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Fringed Water Lily prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Fringed Water Lily Water Frequency →

Fringed Water Lily Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Fringed Water Lily requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Fringed Water Lily Light Requirements →

Fringed Water Lily Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

🪴 Soil

Fringed Water Lily is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

When and How to Successfully Repot Fringed Water Lily →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Fringed Water Lily grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune Fringed Water Lily →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Fringed Water Lily can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Fringed Water Lily Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Fringed Water Lily can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

How to Propagate Fringed Water Lily →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Fringed Water Lily

Fringed Water Lily

Fringed Water Lily

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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