Water Hyacinth is most readily identified by the tall purple flowers that
grow off of a long stalk that extends the flower above the rest of the plant.
Water Hyacinth is a floating plant, so it uses its dark roots that are not
attached to the lake or pond bed to gather nutrients from the water. Their
large glossy leaves stick out of the water to act as sails for the plant.
Water Hyacinth is often mistaken for Water Lilies, which are a rooted plant
with flatter leaves and paler colored flowers.