Myriophyllum spicatum - Spiked Water Milfoil

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  • Approximate leaf spread: 45cm (18 inches) in the first year
  • Recommended water depth over base of plant: 30 - 75cm (12 - 30 inches).
  • Flower: None (insignificant)
  • Supplied loose and bare root: one portion contains ten stems. For best results we recommend potting on using a 1- 2 litre pot

​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 Hornwort (Ceratophyllum sp.).   

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 one to two inches deep. They will then root into this soil (they root very easily). 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 bunch of Myriophyllum spicatum plant per two square feet of water surface. Read more on how to pot and care for your plant.