water willow

noun
any of several plants belonging to the genus Justicia, of the acanthus family, growing in water or wet places, especially J. americana, of North America, having clusters of pale violet to white flowers.

Origin:
1575–85

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Water willow and spike rush are common aquatic plants.
Backwater areas along the edge, such as water willow areas, will not be
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