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Eichhornia crassipes, Water Hyacinth

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 Eichhornia crassipes
Family: Pontederiaceae
Water Hyacinth
Origin: South America
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeBog or aquaticBlue/lavender/purple flowersInvasiveFlood tolerant

Water hyacinth, is a distinctive floating plant that is suitable for indoor ponds and large open aquariums. It is also used as a summer plant in European garden ponds. Its size depends on the nutrients in the water and the light intensity. In open aquariums containing pure water it forms decorative miniature plants. It is now distributed all over the tropics and has become a menace, covering lake surfaces. In favourable conditions it forms an amazingly beautiful hyacinth-like flower.

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 Eichhornia crassipes, Water Hyacinth

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David Jenks
Sturgeon Bay WI usa
USDA Zone:4-5
30 Jun 2011
Although invasive... due to its huge appetite
for heavy metal uptake, when under "controlled"
conditions, is used in upstream aquaculture
sanitation systems in Louisana and California.
Albeit maybe a slightly less warmer habitat and
with the same less vorashous growth too, it uses
bees to pollenate, birds and bats to mitigate mosquito larvae, and mow the green growth
periodically to add to the compost brown which
then moves on in the process to mix with the
hydrated sludge remainder product, which, at this point is a little plastic-jelloey (not granular), but will help it break down for garden or highway application. 6-30-11 dj
Paula J Baickle
USDA Zone:8
9 Aug 2008
I want to mention that these plants are considered invasive in Florida. It is illegal to use them here.

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