Water spinach

Quick Facts


Scientific name Ipomoea aquatica
Origin China
Introduction Mid-1900s, vegetable crop
Aquatic community Emergent
Habitat Dry land, shorelines, floating mats
Distribution Isolated sites, statewide
Management effort Eradication
2014 public waters / plant acres 0 / 0
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Management Options

Biological None available
Chemical 2,4-D, glyphosate, imazapyr, triclopyr
Mechanical Not feasible, fragments start new plants
Physical Hand pulling

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

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