Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms - Water Hyacinth
Family - Pontedariaceae
Flowering - March - June.
Habitat - Ponds, lakes, streams, ditches.
Origin - Native to Brazil.
Other information - This attractive but very weedy species can be found mainly in southern Alabama but is probably more common than is reported. The plant is easy to identify because of its floating habit, distinctive leaves, and fantastic flowers. The petioles of the leaves are filled with spongy mesophyll tissue and give the plant its ability to float.
Photographs taken at Kissimee State Park, FL., 4-15-06.