Wailea Daily Photo

Wailea Daily Photo

Photoblog of Maui, Hawaii

7/2/07

Our New Family Member, the Water Hyacinth

We admired the beautiful water hyacinths growing in great big containers at a friend's home, and our lovely friend offered to give us some cuttings along with the guppies who live in this eco-system. This past Saturday we took her up on her offer and collected the cuttings and guppies. Bringing them home and installing them in our own container, the VERY next day the flower bloomed....and it only lasted one day!

Here is the description from the Water Garden Shop:

"Delicate flowers that usually last only a day, grace this plant with bluish to lilac blooms marked with yellow peacock center eyes on 6 in. spikes at the center of a rosette of glossy green, bulbous leaves. Air pockets in the bulbous areas keep the plant afloat. Long thick black roots trail to provide spawning and hiding places for fish. Another benefit is the nutrient absorbing qualities of the plant. Good for placement in the pond early as possible to get ahead of the algae. Typical to tropicals it requires heat and sunlight to flourish and bloom. A vigorous reproducer, you will need to thin out older plants. Will not winter over in most climates unless brought indoors to ample light and warm water above 70 degrees."

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5 Comments:

Blogger GMG said...

Beautiful picture! Now that you post on the subject, I remember a programme on TV where they were showing the pictures of some flowers that last only a few hours. The vanishing of beauty at its finest...
Amazing red post also!

July 02, 2007  
Anonymous denton said...

I hope the guppies have a long life.

July 02, 2007  
Blogger NorthBayPhoto said...

Beautiful photo of the flower.

Great theme day photo yesterday. The sky in the background is lovely.

Thanks for visiting my North Bay Blog and for the Canada Day wishes.

July 02, 2007  
Blogger julia said...

Looks terrific, how could it be possible but I believe it is water hyacinth that is out of control in some of your river system and a serious problem.
Romantic scene for red theme gets five stars!

July 03, 2007  
Blogger Z said...

Yes, I have the same thought as Julia. Must keep it contained -- I had one in a container last summer. In parts of Asia, it is a terribly invasive plant that robs other plants of vital nutrients, choking off life in rivers and ponds. They're now making things like paper from them!

July 06, 2007  

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