Shell Flower (Water Lettuce) Pistia stratiotes Pack 10
Don’t be fooled by its name, the shell flower bears no flowers, but instead produces pretty shell shaped leaves which will provide shaded cover for your aquatic life while adding a healthy dose of greenery to your pond.
- Foliage Colour: bright green
- Diameter 10-15cm
- Uses: ponds, lakes, ditches
- Exposure: sheltered
- Habit: spreading
- Hardiness: fairly hardy, tender in frost
- Rate of Growth: moderate
- Light Requirements: full sun, partial shade
- Moisture Requirements: wet
Grow in still, party shaded water. Be aware of weakness during the winter, we recommend bringing it indoors if possible throughout the winter, placing it in a pool of 15 degrees and providing it with light to best preserve the plant.
Caring and Maintenance
Prune away yellowing leaves promptly. Please note that this plant is not frost hardy and requires frost protection to ensure survival.
A perennial is a plant that lives for more than two years. Perennials are flowering plants which grow and bloom over the spring and summer and then die back every autumn and winter. They typically grow structures that allow them to adapt to living from one year to the next through a form of vegetative reproduction rather than seeding. Perennial plants often have deep, extensive root systems which can hold soil to prevent erosion, capture dissolved nitrogen before it can contaminate ground and surface water, and outcompete weeds. They grow very well in conditions that are poor in resources due to their earlier emergence in the spring, and the development of larger root systems which can access water and soil nutrients deeper in the soil.
This plant is suitable for zones 3 & 4 of a pond.