How to grow Water lettuce

Water lettuce growing leaf plant of the genus Pistia also known as Pistia stratiotes, Water lettuce perennial evergreen or annual used as ornamental plant also edible, can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropics, temperate, tropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 4+.

Water lettuce leaves

Leaves color green 5-30 cm elliptic with wavy structure the leaves grow in rosette

Flower white and small grow in the middle of the plant the flowers hidden

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How to grow Water lettuce growing and care:

Wetland, rich nutrient water

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Vegetative reproduction

Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Aggressive, invasive

Planting season:
In hot climate all year in colder area spring

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Collect the dead part

Size of the plant?
2-20cm, 1-8 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Water requirement:
Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes (with water)

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Small White flower that grows hidden in the middle of the plant

Scientific name:

Pistia stratiotes

Blooming Seasons

Flower Colors


Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone