WATER LETTUCE

WATER LETTUCE

Water Lettuce (Pistia stratiotes) – As suggested by its name, water lettuce is a floating pond plant with fuzzy rosettes of leaves resembling heads of lettuce. Each leaf has deep ribs, parallel veins, scalloped edges, and no significant stems. Though not showy, the water lettuce plant does produce small white or pale green flowers hidden…

SALVINIA – rotundifolia

SALVINIA – rotundifolia

Salvinia (Salvinia rotundifolia) – Salvinia is a free-floating fern that has gained much popularity in the aquarium hobby due to its speedy growth rate, adaptability, hardiness, and ease of care. In addition, it removes heavy metals (including copper which is a bane in aquarium hobbies) very efficiently. It grows simply by flowering on the water’s…

WATER HYACINTH

WATER HYACINTH

Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes major) – Beautiful but destructive in the wrong environment, water hyacinths are among the showiest of water garden plants. Flower stalks that grow about six inches (15 cm) above the foliage arise from the centers of the rosettes in spring, and by the end of spring, each plant holds as many…

DUCKWEED

DUCKWEED

Duckweed (Lemna minor) – Among the smallest of all flowering plants, common duckweed is a free-floating aquatic perennial that forms a floating mat of minute foliage on the water surface. Common duckweed can be used to remove excess nutrients or toxic metals from water bodies (called phytoremediation) because it is an efficient bio-accumulator, is fast-growing…