Hydrilla Frequently Asked Questions
- For more information please visit the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants website. This site provides information on the biology of Hydrilla verticillata (hydrilla) and Hygrophila polysperma (hygrophila) as well as the problems these aquatic weeds cause.
- Another useful information source is the Osceola County Hydrilla and Hygrophila Demonstration Project Website.
- How did Hydrilla get here? Plants were brought here in the 1940s and 50s as aquarium plants. It is likely they were released in Florida waters by aquarium enthusiasts. Because the plants have no natural enemies to keep them in check, they have been able to spread rapidly throughout our waterways. Hydrilla is on the U.S. Federal Noxious Weed List.
- Why is hydrilla a problem in Florida lakes and other waters?
- How much money does the state spend per year on Hydrilla control in Florida?
- How long has hydrilla been a problem in Florida lakes?
- How fast does hydrilla grow?