- Plant Info
- Free Floating Plant
- Great For Shady Ponds
- Increases Natural Filtration
Water Lettuce is a unique floater that is covered in fuzzy-soft light-green leaves that form a rosette and float peacefully on the water's surface. The rosette conceals a small female flower and the seed bearing fruit of the plant. 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, and the rosette makes perfect shade and spawning habitat for koi and goldfish.
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|Plant Type||Floating Plant|
|Hardiness Zones||9 to 11|
|Growing Light||Partial Sun To Full Shade|
|Plant Size||Horizontal Up To 6"|
|Also Known As||Pistia Stratioes|
Mail Order: What To Expect
Plants you receive by mail need time to adjust. Water Lettuce will arrive in Bunches (several stems or groupings of plants). Upon arrival, they may not appear lush but given time & proper care, they will flourish!
Simply place in water and plant will float freely.
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.
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.
What others are saying
"don't buy too many"jeanette of Greenwood, MO
I only bought 3 and they nearly took over my whiskey barrel water garden.View entire review
"They are HUGE!"Amy of Marysville, MI
Bought a few of these this spring and they are huge already! They seem to be keeping my water much clearer too, I just wonder if you can really eat them! LOLView entire review
"Average plant"Brian of Commerce Township, MI
I'm in MI so I didn't expect a lot of growth, but it takes a while to have enough to cover the water and prevent algae or make cover for your fish. 3 months and I have approx. 100 1-2" plants, lots of roots, but my pond is large and it doesn't help much.View entire review
"water lettuce..water hyacinth too!"Kathy Dunn of Skokie, IL
both are growing like crazy....my pond is now clear & beautiful!.. thanks for such great plants.View entire review
"Didn't last long"Sylvia McCaskill of Hope Mills, NC
I'm sorry to say the water lettuce & the other floating plant did not survive very long at all. It pretty much was water down the drain. All it left was tidbits of plants which made a mess & clogged up the filters.View entire review
"Water Lettuce"John Modlin
I have purchased these for several years now, The hotter the weather the more they produce. When I get over run I have a friend who has a huge pond and several Swans that love them.View entire review
"Pond Plants"Dawn of Tijeras, NM
We received our order when they said it would be delivered. All plants were in good shape and thriving now in our pond.View entire review
"Water Lettuce"Martha Smith of Dyersburg, TN
My plants arived in good condition. Very proud of them. They are growing and doing well. My water is staying clearView entire review