The Water Hyacinth is a free-
These plants have long, spongy and bulbous stalks that can rise as much as one meter above the surface of the water. They have broad, thick, glossy leaves that are 4-
These plants can grow rapidly, doubling its size in two weeks. They can form large floating mats that can completely cover lakes, ponds, and streams and prevent sunlight from penetrating the water. It has been designated a federal noxious weed in the United States. Fortunately, methods have been found to control its growth and it is under control in most areas.
The photos on this page were taken along a roadside ditch adjacent to US 41 in North Fort Myers.
The distribution maps for Water Hyacinth are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).