Elodea grows completely submerged.  It is often introduced into ponds from the aquarium industry and is one of the few pond plants that remains green all winter. It has multi-branched stems that are slightly brittle, the leaves grow in whorls, and the flowers of Elodea have three white petals with a waxy coating that makes them float. 


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    • Recreational activities such as swimming, fishing, and boating can be impaired, prevented, and even dangerous.

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    • Excessive Aquatic weeds greatly detract from the aesthetic appeal and possible value of the overall property.

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    • Excessive growth can lead to fish stunting, overpopulation and in extreme cases, fish kills.

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    • Aquatic weed overgrowth is ideal for algae growth and leads to increased insect growth for mosquitos.

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    • Too many weeds impede water flow in drainage ditches, irrigation canals, and culverts, causing water to back up.


Elodea can be found in most of the contiguous states.

Similar or Related Plants

It is frequently misidentified as Hydrilla, Coontail .