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Parrot Feather

Parrot Feather
Photo: Terry Inkson
Invasive Plant
Parrot Feather
Myriophyllum aquaticum

A feathery leaved, perennial, aquatic plant with stems that grow up to 2m in length. The tips of the stems frequently protrude from the water up to 30cm. Seeds are infertile in Australia due to only female plants being recorded here. Parrot feather reproduces by fragments breaking from the parent plant and moved by water currents.

Also commonly found in home aquaria as the plant was once sold as an attractive fish tank plant.

This aquatic plant is capable of totally choking water ways, dangerously excluding all other flora and fauna.

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Alternative Plants

Swamp lily
Photo: Fagg, M - ANBG
Alternative Plant Swamp lily
Ottelia ovalifolia
Aquatic Plants

Occurs in all mainland states and grows in slowly flowing fresh water or the still water of ponds, dams and lagoons. The Swamp Lily may form extensive colonies in nutrientrich water. The open flowers are the most visible and are white with reddish or purple centres and emerge in the warmer months. Blooms appear regularly and last for less than a day.

Water Milfoil
Photo: Glenfield Nursery
Alternative Plant Water Milfoil
Myriophyllum papillosum
Aquatic Plants

A Perennial herb, aquatic or fully emergent plant, rooting at the nodes.

Fully emergent. Plants occur in shallow water or on mud.

Water Ribbons
Photo: Darryl Hoogenboom
Alternative Plant Water Ribbons
Trighlochin procerum
Aquatic Plants

This robust perennial aquatic has leaves which are strap like, rather fleshy, often floating, flowers are small and greenish and carried above the leaves on elongated spikes. It is usually found in still or slow moving water and depressions. The plants survive exposure when the water level drops.

All are suitable for attracting frogs into the garden.

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