Eichhornia crassipes/Water Hyacinth

Eichhornia crassipes / Eichhornia crassipes
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Spring flower

This plant is a pest, but has beautiful flowers

Spreads by plants floating from on place to another and also produces viable seed

Clogging a body of water

A floating mass of water hyancinth can quickly cover a small body of water

This species grows rapidly and spread quickly in bodies of water

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Scientific Name: Eichhornia crassipes
Common Name: Water Hyacinth
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Purple
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Wet
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: High
Maintenance Level: High
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This is a water plant that clogs southern waterways and other bodies of water. This is a terribly invasive perennial. It makes many streams almost impassable by motor or other boats. It spreads by asexual and sexual means.