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Lemna minor

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Lemna minor

Botanical Name: Lemna minor
Common Name: Smaller Duckweed

The smallest California native plant. The flowers are exceptionally small and rarely seen. Duckweed will quickly multiply and fill your pond. Duckweed population will receed in colder months.

Plant Family: Lemnaceae
Plant Type: Pond Plant
Height by Width: 1/8-1/4" W
Growth Habit: Spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun
Soil Preference: None, lives in water
Water Requirements: Needs standing water
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: August
Flower Color: Green-white
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Found throughout California.
Natural Habitat: Freshwater ponds. Sea level to 6,500 feet elevation

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