Water Lettuce - Floating Pond Plant

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Water Lettuce (Pistia stratioes)

Water Lettuce resembles a floating head of cabbage or lettuce. The foliage of this pond plant is unique in that it is ribbed and velvety, and the color ranges from light green to lime-green. The flowers are fairly insignificant, small white flowers appear at the base of the leaves. Offsets from the base of the mother plant produce baby lettuce. Water lettuce prefers some shade in hotter climates and the leaves will yellow if in direct sun. A popular choice for pond owners who have water gardens that are located in shade or part shade. Water lettuce, like water hyacinth will compete with algae for nutrients and provide shade and coverage. The 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. This floating pond plant needs water temperatures to be 65 degrees to flourish. Water Lettuce does not tolerate cold water or freezing temperatures. The leaves, when exposed to the cold will turn white and rot away.

Water Lettuce (Pistia stratioes)
Hardiness Zones: 9-11
Light Requirements: Part Shade to Full Shade
Height: 2"- 12"
Water Depth: Floating Surface Pond Plant

THIS PLANT CANNOT BE SHIPPED TO AL, CA, FL, MS, PR, SC, TX, WI - know your state laws. Never release these plants into public lakes or waterways.


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  • 5
    Large Healthy plants

    Posted by MARYLOU BOWEN on Jun 22nd 2020

    Ordered 4 because they do multiply. Ones we got were nice and big and very good condition. The frogs like to sit on them too in our pond. very Happy with them... will order again next year.

  • 5
    Love this Water lettuce

    Posted by Marylou Bowen on Jun 27th 2016

    The plants arrived in perfect condition and are now starting to multiply in the hot summer sunshine. This is the 2nd yr. we ordered them and are very happy.