The Water Hyacinth: Using Abundant Invasive Plants for Food, Fertilizer, & Biofuel

Before I started working on this post, I didn't know much about the Water Hyacinth.  When I began researching, I found out that it's called Eichhornia crassipes, a plant native to the Amazon Water Basin, and highly invasive outside of its native territory - particularly here in Florida waterways.  After reading that, I was unsure whether or not I should do a post glorifying the beauty of this plant.  However, something in my mind kept pushing me to read a bit further.  Well, there was a reason for that intuition, because after a bit more research I learned some really cool things about the Water Hyacinth that could change the way it's viewed and treated.