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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.

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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.

genus name
  • Pistia stratiodes
light
  • Part Sun
  • Sun
plant type
height
  • Under 6 inches
  • 6 to 12 inches
width
  • Can spread indefinitely
special features
zones
  • 10
  • 11
propagation

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.

genus name
  • Pistia stratiodes
light
  • Part Sun
  • Sun
plant type
height
  • Under 6 inches
  • 6 to 12 inches
width
  • Can spread indefinitely
special features
zones
  • 10
  • 11
propagation

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