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Parrot’s feather is a water-plant, growing in and/or out of fresh water from spring onwards. Leaves are divided finely into “feathers”, grouped into 4—6 larger “wings” that branch from the main stem. Plants growing out of the water tend to be stronger looking; plants growing beneath the water are weaker looking and breakdown quickly following death, particularly later in the year.
Parrot’s feather grows rapidly, choking waterways and drainage channels, though it is rarely, if ever, found in fast-flowing water. At present, Parrot’s feather is a particular problem in the south of England though it is only absent from Northern Ireland and Scotland: crucially, it is spreading quickly.
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