Water Hyacinth

Water HyacinthWater Hyacinth Eichhornia crassipes

Although extremely intrusive and sometimes even illegal in the south, hyacinth is often regarded as a miracle plant in the Midwest.  This floating tropical plant has roots that dip two to three inches below the water’s surface.  They help remove nutrients that feed algae and cloud the water, acting as a natural biological filter.  Hyacinth is also one the fastest reproducing plants, often doubling in a matter of a few weeks.  Unless taken inside hyacinth will not survive the winter, and do best in temperatures above 65 degrees.  The green foliage is beautiful in itself, and if you are lucky enough, hyacinth can bloom a large purple flower in mid to late summer.