WATER HYACINTH

FAMILY: Pontederiaceae | GENUS: EICHHORNIA crassipes

TYPE
  • Water Plants
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Grow in Ponds
PLANTING ZONES
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

Native to tropical America. Feathery roots; inflated stems set with floating, nearly circular leaves 125 in. wide. Showy, 2-in. flowers, carried many to a spike, are lilac-blue; upper petals have a yellow spot in center. Needs warmth to flower profusely. Where it is winter hardy, it can become an extremely serious, ineradicable pest; do not turn it loose in natural bodies of water.

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