Parrot's-feather - Myriophyllum aquaticum

Alternative names
Brazilian Water-milfoil, Myriophyllum brasiliense or Myriophyllum proserpinacoides

An attractive bright green plant with long stems and floating mats of attractive feathery leaves which rise above the water.

Identification difficulty

Aquatic habitats, usually pond margins, lakes, reservoirs, ditches and canals. It is highly invasive and grows to such an extent that it can choke water bodies and out compete native vegetation, blocking out light.

When to see it

June to October.

Life History


UK Status

A non-native invasive plant. Originally a plant of garden ponds, it is now classed as an invasive of critical risk and was banned from sale after April 2014. It is widespread in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

First record for Leicestershire and Rutland was at Braunston in 2006. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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