- Submerged aquatic plant, becomes buoyant during summer
- Leaves are 40 cm long, sword-shaped, sharply serrated edges, bright green
- Leaves form a large rosette
- Roots may or may not be attached to mud
- Looks similar to an aloe plant, spider plant, or top of a pineapple
- May produce a showy white flower with 3 petals
Saxifraga - Jan van der Sraaten
Saxifraga – Hans Decker
Saxifraga – Branko Bakan
Habitat: This aquatic perennial plant inhabits freshwater bodies like ponds, lakes, and rivers.
Native Range: Europe and northwest Asia
Local Concern: Dense mats of vegetation can form to crowd out native species and decrease biodiversity. Water soldier can potentially alter water chemistry and could harm other aquatic organisms. Mats also hinder recreational activities and the sharp edges of this plant can cut swimmers.
Other Common Names: Water pineapple, water aloe
MDARD Weed Risk Assessment for Water Soldier (Stratiotes aloides) - This document evaluates the invasive potential of the plant species using information based on establishment, spread and potential to cause harm.