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2024 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 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.

NOTE: Not all illegal plants are listed here. We only list the illegal plants that we sell on our website. There may be other illegal plants in your state, but we do not include them, as we do not offer them on the site.


Anacharis (Elodea/Egeria Densa) - AL, AK, CT, ID, IL, IN, LA, MA, ME, MI, MS, MT, ND, NE, NH, NY, OH, OR, SC, VT, WA, WI 

Anacharis (Najas) - CA

Cabomba (Cabomba Caroliniana), CA, CT, ID, MA, ME, MI, NH, NY, VT, WA, WI

Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia) - DE, MA, NH, NY, WI 

Rotala Red (Rotala rotundifolia) - LA

Parrot's Feather (Myriophyllum aquatica) - AL, CO, CT, DE, ID, IL, IN, ME, MA, MI, MT, NE, NH, NM, NY, OH, OR, VT, WA, WI

Red Stem Parrot's Feather (Myriophyllum brasillensis var Red Stemmed) - MI, NH


Water Hyacinth (Eichornia crassipes) - AL, AR, AZ, CA, DE, LA, FL, ID, IL (City of Chicago), NE, PR, MS, SC, TX, WI

Water Lettuce (Pistia stratiotes) - AL, CA, FL, LA, MS, OH, ME, SC, TX, WI

Water Lettuce Rosette (Pistia Rosette) - AL, CA, FL, LA, MS, SC, TX, WI

Water Lettuce Curly Leaf Rosette (Pistia Rosette) - AL, CA, FL, LA, MS, SC, TX, WI

Large Leaf Sensitive Fern (Aeschynomene fluitans) - CA, LA

Frogbit (Limnobium spongia) - CA, WA

Salvinia (Salvinia spp.) - LA, TX, OH, OK

White Snowflake (Nymphoides Indica) - NC, LA


Aquatic For-Get-Me-Not (Myosotis scorpioides) - CT, MA, NH, WI

Aquatic Mint (Mentha aquatica) - ID, WY

Bloody Dock (Rumex spp.) - OK

Cattail Dwarf (Typha minima) - NH

Chameleon Plant (Houttuynia cordata variegata) - IL-City of Chicago

Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia) - DE, MA, NH, NY, WI

Four Leaf Water Clover (Marsilea mutica) - OK, LA

Four Leaf Clover (Marsilea quadrifolia) - CT, NH, OH, OK

Golden Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia 'aurea') - DE, MA, NH, NY, WI 

Graceful Cattail (Typha laxmannii) - NH, WI 

Variegated Water Celery (Oenanthe javanica) - WI

Strawberries and Cream Ribbon Grass - IN, ME, MA, OH

Sweetflag  (Acorus calamus) - DE


Banana Trees (Musa sp.) - HI, PR

Ornamental Rice (Oryza sativa) - HI,, SC

Taro All Varieties - HI, PR

Papyrus All Cyperus spp. - AZ

Josephs Coat Rasberry Swirl (Alternanthera ficcodia) - OK


Four Leaf Water Clover (Marsilea mutica) - OK, LA

White Fringe Snowflake (Nymphoides indica) - LA, NC