Water Lettuce

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Zones 9-11

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Important Note on Shipping: Plant orders ship Mon-Wed of each week and are weather-dependent. Please allow extra delivery time if the order is placed Wed-Sun or during extreme temperatures.


PIK's #2 Most Popular Pond Plant

If you're looking for a way to add aesthetic appeal to your pond or water garden then check out the Pistia Stratiotes "Rosetta" plant (AKA Water Lettuce). This plant is a tropical, free-floating plant. Its velvety ribbed leaves form delicate, pale green rosettes. Resembles a cabbage plant. The leaves grow up to 8 in. long and 3 in., it produces plantlets that stretch out from the mother plants on slender stems and can be separated and fertilized if needed. O

***Minimum water temp: 65 degrees***

Water Lettuce gets its name from its appearance as it resembles a floating open head of lettuce. The leaves are spongy near the base, with dense soft pubescence on obvious parallel veins. Leaves are a soft green color and have prominent parallel veins and dense white hairs covering the leaf surface.

The roots are numerous, feathery and dense. They hang unbranched 6-8 inches below the water, and each root is covered with fine root hairs which give them a feather-like appearance.

The Water lettuce plant is a favorite treat or snack food for koi fish who will gobble them up given the chance.

Color: Soft velvety-green leaves
Sun Light: Full Sun to part shade
Zone: Z8-10
Flowers: inconspicuous yellow-green to creamy-white flowers June-Sept, but are nearly hidden in the leaf axils. There is a whorl of male flowers above a single female flower. The fruit arises from the female flower as a green berry with many seeds.
Spacing: No Minimum
Spread: 6" - 8"
Growth: Fast
Fertilizer: Absorbed From Water
Depth: Floating plant. this plant Free-floats atop the water's surface.
Height: 2" to 6"
Planting Instructions: No planting is required for this floating plant that simply floats on top of the water column. For more, see our planting instructions for plant care information.

Cannot be shipped to AL, FL, LA, MS, SC, TX, and WI. It cannot be shipped to many parts of CA as it's regulated by county in CA. This plant may ship with trimmed roots as sometimes they tend to fall off during transit due to heat. In case roots fall off upon receiving them, just place them in your pond and give them a couple of weeks so they can re-establish themselves. Plants Ship Mon-Wed Only, regardless of shipping method selected at Checkout.

Don't forget: Many PIK customers enjoy using the Nycon Floating Plant Islands to help control the growth of the Water Hyacinth and help prevent them from floating away.

Want More Popular Pond Plants? Here are our Top 5 sellers from the last 5 years

#1 Top Seller: Water Hyacinth
#2 Top Seller: Water Lettuce
#3 Top seller: FrogBit
#4 Top Seller: Hornwort
#5 Top Seller: It's a 3-way tie between our Hardy Water Lily Pack, Water Poppy, & Fairy Moss

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