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Pistia stratiotes, Water Bonnets, Water Lettuce, St. Lucy's Plant

Pistia stratiotes

Water Bonnets, Water Lettuce, St. Lucy's Plant
Family: Araceae
Groundcover and low-growing 2ft plantSemi-shadeFull sunBog or aquatic plantOrnamental foliageWhite, off-white flowersInvasive plantFlood tolerant plant

Water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes) is a floating plant, it occurs in lakes, rivers and canals, occasionally forming large dense mats. It produces small white to off-white flowers in the summertime. This plant is now used as an ornamental aquatic plant, but it can be highly invasive, as it grows very quickly and easily outcompetes other plants.

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