Common name: Water hyacinth. Scientific name: Eichhornia crassipes. Family: Pontederiaceae. Genus: Eichhornia. Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial. Flowering Time: June - September. Flower Color: Lilac to lavender.

Eichhornia crassipes (Water Hyacinth), is an aquatic plant in the pontederiaceae family. It is commonly used as an ornamental plant in water gardens. Their leaves are rounded and leathery, attached to spongy and sometimes inflated stalks. The flower are lilac to lavender. The inflorescence is a distinct aerial spike growing to 30 cm, the flowers have six stamens. Native to the Amazon basin, widely naturalized.