Water Lettuce uses nutrients in the water. Great for ponds
Helsinki Botanical - 2.1.2003
Small and mature plants - HUBG - 2.1.2003
Dubai UAE zone 11
I love these!
I started with five tiny plants and now I put the tiny babies in the top streamlet to grow. They have helped keep up my pond this summer.
Vigorously multiplying in my water garden in Rockledge, Florida (Zone 10a).
A group of pistias planted by my boss on the fountain in the atrium of the National Museum, Rio de Janeiro.
can't even see the water in this pond- Hawaii
A European stripeless tree frog, Hyla meridionalis, taking the opportunity to go sailing on a water lettuce. My garden in SW France, June 2006.
Water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes), which are at the bottom right of the photo, prefers partial shade. Its roots provide a spawning and hiding area for fish and they enjoy nibbling on them as well. (Shown in a pond in Maui)
Pistia in flower
young seedlings fill up container during warm season.
This is the flower, poorly known as it's a foliage interest plant, of the water lettuce.
Pistia stratiotes, Cape Town, March 2011
In my Pond's Waterfall, July, 2010
In my Pond's Waterfall, September, 2010
I allow this to spread as much in winter so that it covers as much surface of the pond to screen the pond from summer sun.
I keep the extras in a small half barrel. They are doing well.