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Lemna minor (Lesser duckweed)

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skill rating
4 hours care
per year
0.25m
Max height
15m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Lemna minor

Other names

Lesser duckweed

Genus

Lemna Lemna

Species

L. minor - L. minor is a vigorous, floating, aquatic perennial, usually considered a weed, with tiny, rounded, bright green leaves and, occasionally, insignificant flowers in late spring to early autumn.


Lemna minor is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Spreading

Flower

Greenish-white, Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Keep spread under control and never introduce to natural water (rivers, lakes or ponds).

Propagation

Able to form extensive mats from the smallest root fragment.


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Where to grow

Lemna minor (Lesser duckweed) will reach a height of 0.25m and a spread of 15m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Aquatic

Cultivation

Grows in standing or slow-moving water. An invasive plant that is a nuisance in ponds and lakes.

Soil drainage

Pond/In water

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Lemna minor

Other names

Lesser duckweed

Genus

Lemna Lemna

Species

L. minor - L. minor is a vigorous, floating, aquatic perennial, usually considered a weed, with tiny, rounded, bright green leaves and, occasionally, insignificant flowers in late spring to early autumn.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Spreading


Colour

Flower

Greenish-white, Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green in All seasons

General care

Pruning

Keep spread under control and never introduce to natural water (rivers, lakes or ponds).

Propagation

Able to form extensive mats from the smallest root fragment.


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Lemna minor (Lesser duckweed) will reach a height of 0.25m and a spread of 15m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Aquatic

Cultivation

Grows in standing or slow-moving water. An invasive plant that is a nuisance in ponds and lakes.

Soil drainage

Pond/In water

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

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Lemna minor

This is an invasive aquatic plant that needs to be controlled. However duckweeds do indeed provide food for ducks, as well as an interesting community of mostly microscopic species.They may provide… read more

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