Parrot feather is an immersed plant that trails along the ground or water surface. It is easy to see why this plant is called parrot feather: its delicate, feathery, bright green leaves grow in profusion.
Parrot feather leaves are oblong, deeply cut and feathery looking. The leaf color is bright blue-green. Like most water milfoils, parrot feather leaves are arranged in whorls about the stem. Its leaves are in whorls of four to six. Stems can be five feet long. Stems trail along the ground or water surface, becoming erect and leafy at the ends.