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Eichhornia crassipes - Water Hyacinth

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Aquatic Plant
Family: Pontederiaceae (Water-hyacinth)
Origin: Brazil (South America)
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Aquatic
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Eichhornia crassipes (Aquatic) (Water Hyacinth) - The petioles on this aquatic plant are swollen which allow it to float on the water. The lengths of the petiole can vary from 6 inches to 2 feet, as they get longer the swollen portion becomes elongated. The leaves have distinct parallel veins that run the entire 3 to 4 inch length. Clusters of beautiful orchid-like lilac flowers rise from the center of the leaves in the spring to fall. If planted in an outdoor pond it may die back in the winter. Does not flourish floating about aimlessly. Needs a permanent spot to prosper. This plant is a major weed in central California waterways and while useful in the pond to remove nutrients from the water it also robs waterways or oxygen and blocks light from reaching all other plants.  The information presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations of it growing in our nursery crops, as well as in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they include cultural information that would aid others in growing Eichhornia crassipes.
 
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