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Floating Sensitive Plant

McKinney, TX

The other day I bought a Floating Sensitive Plant. I think these are the coolest things. Anyway, it was growing in a pot when I got it but is commonly grown as a floater. The stems are developing this growth that looks like mold. On another water garden forum I was told this was just the plant adapting to being a floater by developing floating tissue. If anyone else has this plant can you identify this?

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Clermont, FL(Zone 9a)

Love this plant and used to have some in my old pond. It blooms pretty little yellow blooms. I can't remember any tissue growing alongside but it may have had some. If it becomes mushy and looks bad you can always wipe it off of one section and see how it does without it. I do remember it grew like crazy and spread all over pond.
Good luck.
Bonnie

McKinney, TX

Sounds good. I love this plant too. I've wanted one since I built my pond years ago and only untill reciently found a local seller. Seems to be growing. Today it bears new leaves so it does like the pond. I'm hoping the growth is just part of the plant. Can't wait untill It flowers. I've got Mimosa Pudica in a floating planter which produces Pink while the Neptunia Oleracea produces yellow. Yellow and violet above green makes for an intresting color combination. I hope it becomes invasive as I would take as much as I can. I will pull it indoors this winter.

Clermont, FL(Zone 9a)

Glad its growing for you. You will enjoy it and have lots to share with friends.
Bonnie

McKinney, TX

One thing that's happening to the plant today is the stem seems to be sinking. Not sure if this is normal or not. I had to prop it up on a few rocks to keep it on the surface. The spongy material is just that and like a sponge takes on water and sinks but as a floating plant doesn't sound like it should do this. The spongy material looks like that of the inside of the Water Hyacinth stems but in the case of the Sensitive plant there is no skin or anything covering the spongy material.

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