Parrot's feather

Parrot's feather

Parrot feathers scientific name is Myriophyllum aquaticum. The Parrot feather is a very popular plant among consumers. This plant can be grown submerged or on the surface. It does have an invasive growth habit, and has become difficult to control in some areas. You will need to check your state for the law concerning the Parrot feather, as it is prohibited in several states in the U.S. If your state allows this plant it should be reserved for use in a lined ponds, pond water gardens, and container gardens only. It has beautiful feathery leaves and older specimens have woody red stems. The Parrot feather may be ever-green in warmer climates.  
  
  The Parrot feather is native to the Amazon River in South America, however it can be found worldwide now. It is thought that this plant was introduced to North America around the 1800's. It prefers a warmer climate, it is chiefly found in southern parts of the U.S. Parrot feathers are a fresh water plant , it can be found in lakes, ponds, and streams.

Parrot feather is present at all seasons of the year. As the water warms in the spring, Parrot feathers begin to flourish. Most plants flower in the spring; however, some also flower in the fall. Flowers of this plant are very small and white in color. Almost all plants of this species are female, in fact there are no male plants found outside of South America. Seeds are not produced in any North American plants. Parrot feather reproduces asexually. New plants grow from fragments of already rooted plants. Parrot feather is now used for indoor and outdoor pond water garden use. It is a very popular plant in aquatic gardens. Unfortunately, in outdoor ponds, lakes, or streams, where this plant has taken root some problems can occur due to its presence. There is no real predator to the Parrot feather plant, so it tends to grow out of control in some areas. The plant tends to be a little hard or tough for most water grazes to eat.

Some problems created by Parrot feathers due to its overgrowth are, the killing off of algae, mosquito larva habitat, problems in irrigation and drainage, and restriction of water recreational activities. Herbicides have been found very useful in controlling its growth, and cutting it only tends to make it spread and grow more. In some U.S. states Parrot feather is declared a noxious weed and is therefore banned from sale. Whether you are a Koi Hobbiest or new to the Koi world this website will show you all the ways to keep you pond, fish, and plants healthy and thriving.

Region: The parrot feather is originally from North and South America


Habitat: It is found growing in slow moving freshwater water ponds, streams, lakes and canals


Water: The parrot feather aquatic plant will grow in water with a temperature of 50-77*F (10-25*C), with neutral to slightly acidic and soft to medium water hardness.


Lighting: This aquatic plant requires plenty of bright light to thrive.


Height: The Parrot Feather can grow shoots up to 12 inches (30cm).


Growing: Anchor it into the substrate in bunches to create a bush effect where it can receive plenty of bright light. If the parrot feather aquatic plant grows too larger, it can be trimmed and the tops replanted. The parrot feather is known to successfully grow out of the water in wet areas. It can be used on pond edges or in between the rocks on waterfalls. Winter frost can damage the parrot feather but does not harm any of the aquatic plants that are beneath the water. Damaged shoots will likely recover.


Propagation: dividing rhizomes and by replanting cuttings.

Quick Facts
    * Hardy zones 6 - 11
    * Growing height: 3 to 6-inches
    * Planting depth: Top of the pot should be 3 to 12-inches below the water surface
    * Full sun to shade
    * Foliage creeps on surface. Very aggressive


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