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Mississippi River water hyacinth, water lettuce and parrot feather, oh my!
In recent years, three invasive species of aquatic plants have been found in Pool 5 of the Mississippi River near Buffalo City, WI. These three species – water hyacinth, water lettuce, and parrot feather– are plants often found in the water garden and aquaculture trade.

Water hyacinth and water lettuce were first found in 2011 in Pool 5; in 2012 parrot feather was found in an isolated bay of Pool 5. Thousands of water lettuce and water hyacinth plants were found in Pool 5 in 2011 and by 2012 the populations exploded into the tens of thousands.


 
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