Parrot’s feather

(Myriophyllum aquaticum)

Parrot's feather

This species is native to South America and was first recorded in Ireland in 1990.

It is a perennial plant that grows submerged but it also produces emergent, feathery shoots.

It grows vigorously in static or slow flowing habitats.

Following introduction to a suitable aquatic habitat it rapidly overgrows the watercourse, where it damages the natural ecosystem and impairs recreational exploitation.

Distribution of parrot's feather in Ireland

Data from Biodiversity Maps held by the National Biodiversity Data Centre 2011

Distribution of parrot's feather