Parrot feather

Myriophyllum aquaticum-- Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

Myriophyllum aquaticum

Non-Native to Florida


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    Parrot feather is an emersed plant that frequently trails along the ground or water surface of ponds, lakes and canals nearly throughout Florida. It is native to South America and blooms from the spring to fall (Wunderlin, 2003). It is easy to see why this plant is called parrot feather: its delicate, feathery, bright green leaves grow in profusion. This invasive plant continues to be sold in many garden centers, often under incorrect names.

    Myriophyllum aquaticum leaves are oblong, deeply cut and feathery looking. The leaf color is bright blue-green. Like most water milfoils, parrot feather leaves are arranged in whorls about the stem. Its leaves are in whorls of four to six. Stems can be five feet long. Stems trail along the ground or water surface, becoming erect and leafy at the ends.