Height: 15-23cm (6-9in)
Water depth: any
Site: full sun
Type: tender: floating perennial
Water(Eichhornia crassipes) is the only species in this genus of tropical, tender evergreen floating plants widely grown in cooler climates. It needs overwintering in a , but the extra work is worth it for the charming, lavender-blue, hyacinth-like flowers which appear in warm summers.
The glossy, dark greenare roughly heart-shaped. The balloon-like are inflated and act as floats, keeping the plants buoyant.
Though normally floating, water hyacinth can also grow in mud. It spreads rapidly and in frost-free areas can be invasive.
Place the plants on the surface of the water after the last spring frost. Full sun is essential.
Bring young plants into ain early autumn and overwinter them in of wet soil. Put outside after the last spring frost has passed.
Alternatively, treat as an, and buy new stock each year.
Propagation: New plants are produced on runners in summer. When a young plant has several well-formed, detach if.
Pests and diseases: Trouble free.