Water Hyacinth water plant

WATER HYACINTH

Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes major) – Beautiful but destructive in the wrong environment, water hyacinths are among the showiest of water garden plants. Flower stalks that grow about six inches (15 cm) above the foliage arise from the centers of the rosettes in spring, and by the end of spring, each plant holds as many as 20 gorgeous purple flowers. The flowers last until fall and make striking cut flowers.
Growing water hyacinth plants is easy. Once established, they require no special care except occasional thinning to keep them from choking out everything else in the pond. Under perfect conditions, a colony of water hyacinths can double its size every 8 to 12 days.

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