Saturday, August 30, 2008

A review: Water Hyacinth

The water hyacinth are blooming and they are a delight. This is our first year growing these so we did not know what to expect. Well they took off!

The plants are very interesting, they form these balls with pockets of air that allow them to float. The flowers have this deep purple and yellow petal on the top, I wish my camera was better, then I could show you. With these and the water lilies, they have done a great job at covering the water's surface. This (and the filter plants) kept the algae under control. And as a bonus the turtles like to hide under the plants.

Anyway, it is a good thing that they do not keep over the winter. Even though they are pretty, I would not want it to invade any of the lakes near by. They can just invade my pond every year.

LadyBug gives Water Hyacinth
ThornyGuy gives Water Hyacinth


Sheila said...

I love water hyacinths too! Yours look very healthy, yo must not have any koi fish in your pond as they eat the roots.

Mother Nature said...

They need something to eat the extensive fiberous root system that takes up all the space but are very good filters.

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