Water hyacinth grows in many lakes and rivers.
Water hyacinth has thick, spoon-like leaves and spongy leaf stalks with roots that hang 1 foot or more in length. A spike of flowers with yellow spots is approximately 6 inches tall with five to 20 blooms.
For best growth, water hyacinth needs full sun. As long as it doesn't dry completely out, it will continue growing.
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