Blue Cloud Water Lettuce (FPBC Pistia)

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Zones 8-10

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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.


**Can not be shipped to AL, FL, LA, MS, SC, TX, WI, and many parts of CA.

***Plant orders ship Mon, Tues and Wed of each week. Please allow extra delivery time if the order is placed Wed-Sun

The FPBC Pistia Stratiotes "Rosetta" plant (Aka Blue Cloud Water Lettuce) is a tropical, free-floating plant. It's velvety ribbed leaves form delicate, pale green rosettes. Resembles a cabbage plant. The leaves grow up to 8 in. long and 3 in. wide and produce plantlets that stretch out from the mother plant on slender stems. These can be separated and the older plants can be thinned out. If yellowing occurs the plants can be separated from the pond and fertilized. 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, blue-green leaves

Sun Light: Full Sun to part shade

Zone: Z8-10

Flowers: inconspicuous yellow-green to greamy-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"

Shipping Expectations: Cannot be shipped to AL, FL, LA, MS, SC, TX, and WI. Cannot be shipped to many parts of CA as it's regulated by county in CA. This plant ships 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. We've found the best success in shipping these when we send them earlier in the week to avoid lengthier shipping times caused by carriers weekend breaks. Orders placed Wed-Friday are likely to be shipped the following Monday.

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