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Myriophyllum spicatum - Spiked Water Milfoil

Regular price £3.95

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  • Recommended water depth over base of plant: 30 - 75cm (12 - 30 inches).
  • Flower: None (insignificant)
  • Supplied loose and bare root: one portion contains at least six good stems.

​This British native oxygenator is easy to grow and has elegant feathery green foliage on light, often pinkish, stems. Small pink and green flower spikes up to an inch high appear above the water surface in summer. It is widespread in still or slightly flowing waters among lowland parts of Britain and Ireland. It is probably the best oxygenator for battling against algae, since once it gets rooted in it is not easily swamped by blanketweed or duckweed, and unlike most oxygenators, it doesn't die back for the winter, but retains its foliage all year round. Its speed of growth is slower than something like Cat's Tail (Hippuris vulgaris) but faster than something like Ceratophyllum (Hornwort).   

You will receive loose stems of this plant, freshly cut. We recommend that you pot these stems in a pot of around 1 litre capacity, in normal aquatic soil, planting them about two inches deep. They will then root into this soil. Alternatively, if you have soil on the bottom of your pond, simply push the stems into this. We do not supply them wrapped in a lead weight, because the pressure of the lead crushes the delicate stems, and also because most people do not want lead permanently in their pond. 

If designing a planting scheme, we recommend approximately 1 Myriophyllum spicatum plant per 1½ square feet of water surface. Read more on how to pot and care for your plant.