Water soldier is an invasive perennial aquatic plant that is native to Europe and northwest Asia. The only known wild population in North America was found in the Trent River in 2008, near the Hamlet of Trent River, Ontario. Water soldier is used as an ornamental plant in water gardens, the likely source of its introduction to the Trent River.
|What is it?||Water Soldier is an invasive aquatic plant.|
|Where did it come from?||Europe and Asia. It was brought here as a water garden plant.|
|Where is it found?||In shallow waters of the Trent River near Havelock, Ontario.|
|What does it do?||Water Soldier crowds out native plants, and makes boating and swimming really hard.|
|What can you do?||Inspect, clean, and drain your boat!|