Is duckweed good for anything? The whole fresh plant is used to make medicine. People use duckweed for swelling (inflammation) of the main airways in the lung (bronchitis), liver disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and gout, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Duckweed is also eaten as a food protein source.
Why is duckweed a problem? Problems. Duckweed multiplies rapidly. It may spread from pond to pond on the feathers of waterfowl. When duckweed completely covers a pond, it will block light from reaching other plants that live within the pond which in some cases leads to fish kills.
Is duckweed good for a pond? In the right amounts, duckweed and algae are beneficial to a pond’s ecosystem. Birds and other wildlife consume duckweed. Although filamentous algae has no known direct food value, after it dies the decomposed plant matter forms detritus—a food source for many invertebrates.
Should I remove duckweed? Common duckweed (Lemna minor) is a rapidly spreading aquatic plant that deprives ponds of oxygen and leads to the death of fish and beneficial algae in still waters. It is important to get rid of duckweed for the health of your pond and existing aquatic life.