American Frgobit, Frog-bit, Frog’s-bit, Limnobium laevigatum, Spongeplant
GREAT FOR LIVEBEARERS! Guppies, Platys, Mollys, Mosquito Fish!
A native floating or rooted aquatic plant that is occasionally found growing in the shallow water of ponds, lakes and ditches from the peninsula west to the central panhandle of Florida. Limnobium Laevigatum blooms from summer to fall. Frogbit is located in the southeast quarter of the US, as well as a few states in the north, including, IN, IL, & even NY. It is often confused with water hyacinth and European frogbit.
Frogbits leaves are very thick and leathery. They are either rounded, or in younger plants, somewhat heart-shaped with rounded lobes. Younger leaves tend to be bright and shiny above and reddish underneath. The undersides of young leaves have a central disk of red spongy cells. The leaf stalks have ridges on either side, and are firm.
This plant may be used in a pond since it will bloom small white flowers with yellow centers, but and is most popularly used in aquariums for several purposes: To shade intense lighting, and to offer fish or animals a spawning refuge as the hanging roots are ideal for live bearers like Guppies, Mollies, Platys, Swordtails and other fish to birth in, or simply to add beauty to any aquarium habitat. Lives well in all light conditions and does not require any special care. To plant frogbit, well, you don’t really plant it, you just drop it in the water, it will automatically float, and spread over time. It is not a fast growing plant like most other floating plants, but this makes it more manageable and less noxious. Other popular floating plants used for spawning media would be Wiseria, Hornwort, and Water Sprite. If you need help just call us.