American Elodea

[ Elodea canadensis ]

American Elodea (Elodea canadensis) is common in the Northern and North Central states south to Kentucky and Virginia. Elodea can grow into dense populations that reach to or near the surface easily prohibiting recreational water use.

Note: See also Hydrilla an exotic submerged plant found in the Southern states that looks similar.

Americana Elodea > Averages three leafs per whorl with smooth leaf edges.

Hydrilla > Averages three to five leafs per whorl with rough toothed leaf edges.

American Elodea
Q. What are the best control options?

Herbicide Application:
Hydrothol 191 Granular is a favorite, it is easy to apply and very broad spectrum. An alternative is Reward liquid herbicide equally effective and broad spectrum. Most people prefer the granular Hydrothol because of its easy to apply granular formulation.

Elodea plant fragments can develop into new plants. If you are going to physically cut or rake this plant for control we suggest limiting the control size.

Q. When is the best time to treat?
A.Once water temperatures are around sixty degrees or warmer. This plant responds well to treatment.
Q. How do I actually apply the product(s)?

The Hydrothol 191 granules can be spread by a small Hand held spreader or can be tossed by a hand scoop. The Reward should be applied by a hand held or Solo Back pack sprayers .

Q. How often do I need to treat Elodea?
A.One treatment per season is usually enough.
Q. How long before I see results?
A.Generally within two weeks things will be cleared up. Maybe even sooner with Elodea.