Fisheries biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife discovered a resurgence of non-native water hyacinth at Lake Quitman in recent weeks.
The plant is a free-floating aquatic plant native to South America. It was introduced into North America in the late 1800s and has been spread around the country through the water garden and aquarium trade, and by boaters. The plant is popular with water garden enthusiasts primarily due to its attractive lavender or pink flower.
Water hyacinth is a prohibited plant in Texas and is illegal to sell or possess.