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Red Stemmed Parrot Feather

Myriophyllum brasiliensis

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Red Stemmed Parrot Feather (Myriophyllum brasiliensis) at Randy's Perennials

Red Stemmed Parrot Feather foliage

Red Stemmed Parrot Feather foliage

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Height:  6 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Parrotfeather, Diamond Milfoil, Water Milfoil


A very fine textured aquatic variety widely used in ponds and aquariums; grow in containers submerged in up to six inches of water, or along wet pond edges; a great transitional plant; can be invasive where it is winter hardy

Ornamental Features

Red Stemmed Parrot Feather's attractive ferny leaves remain light green in color throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Red Stemmed Parrot Feather is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering
  • Invasive

Red Stemmed Parrot Feather is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Water Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Red Stemmed Parrot Feather will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings.

Red Stemmed Parrot Feather is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Container  Water 
Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features