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A submersed perennial, native to the southeastern U.S. In some states, this plant is considered a prohibited or noxious weed. Stems may be long, resistant to breaking, and continue growing just beneath the water surface.
Most rooted and free-floating submersed weeds in ponds are readily controlled with triploid grass carp; control may be poorer on the watermilfoils, particularly Eurasian waterfoil.
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Grows in very dense colonies. Initially, colonies tend to be circular in form.
Highly dissected fan-shaped leaves. Out of the water, the leaves are not rigid and collapse upon each other. Floating leaves, when present, are small and oppositely arranged. The "Native" biotype foliage is tinged red, the "Aquarium" biotype is tinged green, and the "Invasive" biotype is tinged red on the leaf underside only.
Inconspicuous, delicate white flowers with a yellow center. Borne on long stalks, and rise above the water line only when in bloom.
Could be confused with Eurasian watermilfoil, but cabomba has opposite leaves and milfoil leaves are in whorls of four.
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