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2017 List of Regulated or Illegal Aquatic Plants

Please help us protect our environment and the aquatic plant industry by not purchasing plants that are considered illegal or invasive in your state. Not all aquatic plant companies comply with federal and state regulated and illegal pond plant laws. Companies that do not comply, can cause invasive species outbreaks and ruin ecosystems. As a result, some states are now considering a ban of all aquatic plant sales as statewide law. Never release non-native aquatic plants into natural lakes, streams, or other waterways. We do our best to keep this list up to date, but plants are constantly being added to the growing list of illegal plants.

If you order a plant that is illegal for us to ship into your state, we will try to contact you by email or phone to discuss suitable substitutions for the illegal plant you ordered. If we are unable to contact you, rather than hold up your plant order, we will substitute the plant with a similar plant that we are able to send to you legally.

Submerged Oxygenating Pond Plants
Anacharis (Elodea canadensis) -  AL, CA, CO, CT, ID, IL, IN, LA, MA, ME, MI, MS, NC, NE, NH, NY, OR, PR, SC, VT, WA, WI
Cabomba (Cabomba Carolinia) - CA, CT, ID, MA, ME, MI, NH, NY, VT, WA, WI

Floating Pond Plants
Water Hyacinth (Eichornia crassipes) - AL, AR, AZ, CA,  LA, FL, PR, MS, NE, SC, TX, WI
Water Lettuce (Pistia stratioes) - AL, CA, FL, MS, PR, SC, TX, WI
Parrot's Feather (Myriophyllum aquatica) - AL, CT, ID, IL, IN, ME, MA, MI, NE, NH, NY, OR, VT, VA, WA, WI
Frogbit (Limnobium spongia) - CA, PR
Salvinia (Salvinia spp.) - LA, MI, OR TX

Perennial Hardy Water Lilies
Odorata (Nymphaea odorata) - CA, PR, WA

Lotus Pond Plants
Lutea (Nelumbo lutea) - CT

Perennial Hardy Bog Plants
Aquatic For-Get-Me-Not (Myosotis scorpiodes) - CT, MA
Aquatic Mint (Mentha aquatica) - ID, MT, NE, WY
Bloody Dock (Rumex spp.) - OK
Chameleon Plant (Houttuynia cordata variegeta) - City of Chicago
Flowering Rush (Butomus umbellatus)- CT, ID, IN, MI, MN, MT, NH, OR, SD, VT, WA, WI
Golden Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia 'aurea') - MA
Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia) - MA
Variegated Water Celery (Oenanthe javanica) - WI

Cattails, Reeds, Grasses & Rushes
Variegated Giant Reed (Arundo donzx var.) - CA, NE, NV, TX, VA
Zebratails (Typha angustifolia Zebratails) - IN, WI
Graceful Cattails (Typha laxmanni) - WI
Gold Variegated Reed (CT, MA,MI, NC, VT

Hardy Aquatic Iris
Yellow Flag Iris (Iris pseudacorus) - CA, CT, ID, IL, IN, MA, MT, NH, NY, OR, VT, WA

Lily-Like Surface Pond Plants
Floating Hearts (Nymphoides peltata) - CT, CO, FL, ID, IL, IN, MA, ME, MI, NY, NC, NE, NH, OR, VT, WI, WA
Four Leaf Water Clover (Marsilea mutica) - OK
White Snowflake (Nymphoides cristata) - NC, FL