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 inches wide. Showy, 2 inches 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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