- Free Floating Plant
- Great For Shady Ponds
- Increases Natural Filtration
Water Lettuce or Pistia Stratioes, is a unique floater that resembles a floating head of cabbage or lettuce. The foliage of this pond plant is ribbed and velvety, and the color ranges from light green to lime-green that float peacefully on the water's surface.
The white flowers are a fairly insignificant and appear at the base of the leaves. Water Lettuce is supported by a large number of feathery roots submersed in the water beneath the leaves of the plant. These roots make this plant ideal for added filtration, shading the pond and spawning habitat for koi and goldfish. Sold in bundles of 3.
Aquatic Plants & Snails are excluded from free shipping offers and will ship separately from all other items. Plant shipping rates are $9.95.
Here are the replacement parts for Water Lettuce, Bundle of 3.
||9 To 11
||Partial To Full Shade
||Horizontal Up To 12"
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Mail Order: What To Expect
Plants you receive by mail need time to adjust. Your plants will arrive in bundles. Upon arrival, they may not appear lush but given time & proper care, they will flourish!
Simply place in water and plant will float freely. This type of plant needs water temperatures to be 65 degrees F to flourish. he dangling, feathery white roots provide hiding places for baby fish. Large Koi do like to snack on the roots and foliage, so we advise placing the water lettuce in an area of the pond that is in-accessible to the fish.
Fertilization is typically not needed for Water Lettuce as they take excess nutrients from your pond water. If needed, Microbe-Lift® Bloom & Grow™ can be used.
For best results, trim or prune as leaves and flowers begin to turn yellow or brown, remove them completely, discarding them to keep as much excess organic material out of water-body as possible.
Water Lettuce does not tolerate cold water or freezing temperatures. The leaves, when exposed to the cold will turn white and rot away. In Zones 8 and lower, discard Water Lettuce after the first hard frost.
Due to the quick growth of Water Lettuce, it is extremely invasive in states where temperatures do not reach freezing. Many Southern states restrict shipping this plant. Never release these plants in public lakes or waterways in any state.
The first step towards effectively treating any pond weed is proper identification. Water Lettuce, Bundle of 3 is recommended for use against each of the weeds listed below. Click on your desired weed for more information and alternate control options.