Oenanthe javanica ‘Flamingo’

(Water Celery)


Hardiness Zones:

 3a  3b  4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Oenanthe (sometimes commonly called flamingo plant) is a low-growing ground cover which typically grows 9-16″ tall. Features pinnate, tricolor foliage (bluish green edged in pink and white), with leaflets sometimes lobed and irregularly toothed. Tiny, creamy white flowers in umbels appear in mid-summer. Very similar in appearance and habit to Aegopodium podagraria (bishop’s weed), except not as invasive and leaf variegation has more color. Water celery is best enjoyed in a biofilter or bog filter or to soften a stone edge. Water celery is one of the first plants to start taking in nutrients before the ice even melts off the water keeping your pond cleaner. The edible stems add a peppery, celery-like zing to salads.

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While many other species of water dropwort are extremely toxic, Oenanthe javanica is edible, and is cultivated in the People’s Republic of China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Vietnam, as well as in Italy, where its spring growths are relished as a vegetable. It is one of the ingredients of the symbolic dish consumed in the Japanese spring-time festival, Grow in average to wet soil in part shade to full shade. Spreads rapidly and can be invasive, particularly in rich, moist soils.

Additional information

Common Name

Water Celery

Botanical Name

Oenanthe javanica 'Flamingo'


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Shade





Soil Condition

Wet Soils

Water Needs


Blooming Period


Flower Color




Foliage Color

green, pink, white

Deer Resistant


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