Water spinach

Quick Facts

Scientific nameIpomoea aquatica
IntroductionMid-1900s, vegetable crop
Aquatic communityEmergent
HabitatDry land, shorelines, floating mats
DistributionIsolated sites, statewide
Management effortEradication
2014 public waters / plant acres:0 / 0

Environmental and Economic Concerns

  • Grows several inches per day
  • Forms dense canopies over emergent plants
  • Creates floating mats on water surfaces
  • Common weed throughout the tropics, especially in rice fields
  • Potential for rapid dispersal by persons planting as a vegetable crop
  • Under FWC eradication programs when found in ditches and canals
Ipomoea aquatica
Ipomoea aquatica
Ipomoea aquatica
Ipomoea aquatica

Management Options

BiologicalNone available
Chemical2,4-D, glyphosate, imazapyr, triclopyr
MechanicalNot feasible, fragments start new plants
PhysicalHand pulling

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Status of the Aquatic Plant Maintenance Program in Florida Public Waters, Annual Report – Fiscal Year 2009-2010.

Last updated: 30 December 2014