Scientific Name: Eichhornia crassipes Form: Creeping / Mat-like
Common Name:water hyacinth , water orchid Texture:Medium - coarse
Family Name:PontederiaceaeHabit: Spreading
Plant Type: Aquatic plant, Herbaceous perennial, Invasive plant Mature Size (ht. X w.):0.2 - 0.4m x 0.1 - 0.3m
Origin: South America Hardiness Zone:Zone 8a: (-12 to -9.5 C)
Leaves: Simple, Basal, Leathery, Glabrous, Lustrous, Orbicular, Ovate, Entire
Flowers: Spike, (Floriferous), Violet, Pink, Aug- Sep
Fruit: Capsule, Brown, Sep- Oct
Exposure: Full sun
Soil or Media: Bog
Landscape Uses: Aquatic - ponds, Summer interest, Wetland - bogs, Wildlife food
Key ID Features:A free-floating perennial aquatic plant with spongy, bulbous stalks and feathery, free hanging roots; leaves broadly ovate, thick, glossy, 10-20 cm wide; spike of 8-15 orchid-like flowers with six tepals, mostly lavender to pink.