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Water lettuce

Pistia stratiodes

Water lettuce

This water plant is grown for its beautiful, velvety foliage that really does resemble a dense carpet of lettuce heads flowering on the water. It can be an important plant for ponds as it shades the water and gives small fish a place to hide. In cold climates, treat this tender floating plant as an annual and replace every year.

Note: In warm-winter climates, water lettuce can be invasive. Check to see if the plant is banned in your area before planting it.

Sun,Part Sun
Plant Type:
Water/Bog Plant
Plant Height:
4 to 12 inches tall
Plant Width:
Can spread indefinitely
Landscape Uses:
Special Features:
Attractive Foliage,Easy to Grow
Garden Plans
Wet-Soil Garden Plan