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Water Hyacinth Pontederia crassipes

Previously known as:

  • Eichhornia crassipes
Phonetic Spelling
pon-te-DARE-ee-uh KRASS-ih-peez
Description

Though the flower is beautiful the water hyacinth plant is extremely aggressive and spreads by stolons.  Do not put in natural waterways or in places that floodwaters could carry to natural waterways.

It requires abundant sunlight and warm temperatures.  It has showy purple flowers and long, feathery, dangling roots.  

 

 

 

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Aurea'
  • 'Major'
'Aurea', 'Major'
Tags:
#purple#full sun tolerant#water garden#fast growing#aggressive#delicate#beautiful#lakes#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Aurea'
  • 'Major'
'Aurea', 'Major'
Tags:
#purple#full sun tolerant#water garden#fast growing#aggressive#delicate#beautiful#lakes#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Pontederia
    Species:
    crassipes
    Family:
    Pontederiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Tropical America
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Water Plant
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    High
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Description:
    Pale blue to lavender flowers with yellow spots on 6 in. spikes
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Balloon-like petioles swollen with spongy tissue; rosette of pale green, shiny, rounded leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Weedy