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PlantFiles: Brazilian Water Hyacinth
Eichhornia paniculata

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Family: Pontederiaceae
Genus: Eichhornia (ike-HORN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: paniculata (pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Piaropus paniculatus

Category:
Ponds and Aquatics
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Seed is poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Blue-Violet

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:
Evergreen

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Terry On Feb 21, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

As oppoed to the more common (and potentially invasive) Eichhornia crassipes, this plant must be potted and is not as invasive. Can be overwintered in a greenhouse.



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