Water shield

Brasenia Schreberi

Also known as: water snot, water target, dollar bonnet, purple wen-dock, snotgrass. 

Also known as: water snot, water target, dollar bonnet, purple wen-dock, snotgrass. 

Water shield is a rooted plant with floating oval or round shaped leaves that are a vibrant green on top with purple to red undersides. Small purple or pink flowers extend on a long stalk above the water. Water shield is also commonly called “snot grass,” due to the unusual and distinctive gelatinous or slimy covering on its roots and stems.