Water Lettuce (Pistia stratiotes)
The lettuce shaped leaves are soft & hairy. This plant spreads by sending out runners to form young plants. The fine roots give good cover for small fish. Pistia are not hardy and do best placed in sheltered pools.
Not hardy. Remove decaying plants after first frost. Very hard to overwinte as they must be placed in shallow water with soil at the base of the container. They should be kept in moderate light at a temperatute above 15°c. Very hard to overwinter.
Float on the surface of water in full sun to partial shade.
- Mature height: 10cm to 30cm
- Growth rate: medium