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(Cabomba caroliniana) Fanwort is a popular submerged aquatic perennial plant that is native to the southeastern United States and some parts of South America. It has become a popular ornamental plant for water gardens and aquariums throughout the world. Its bright green feathery foliage is quite attractive, BUT… it is an invasive species that can grow to choke or block out light to other native plants. Its rapid growth and reproduction from fragments have disrupted and congested waterways, drainage basins, and culverts. It produces flowers and fruits all summer, so be on the lookout for it and report it if you come across this Stage 1 invasive plant.
Photo by Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut