Pontederiaceae (Pickerelweed) Family
Water Hyacinth is an upright, aquatic colonial perennial that sends out long roots (stolons) that produce new growth. The stem base is swollen. Its preferred habitat is lakes, fresh water marshes or ditches. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The leaves are in a rosette arrangement; usually widest at the center; occasionally orb-like; no teeth and no lobes; rounded at the tip.
The flowers are a tall spike; nearly symmetrical in form; bisexual in nature. The sepals and petals are similar; light to dark blue. Flowers occur in the summer.
Fruit is a capsule.
Water Hyacinth is an introduced tropical plant which spreads
rapidly, clogging waterways where it gets a toe-hold. Its most
redeeming value is that it can remove excessive
Photo courtesy Steve Coppersmith