Water Hyacinth is a floating weed, which grows very rapidly along the canals and rivers of Thailand. The most prominent feature of this very green leafy plant is its thick stalk which grows up to one meter in length at the top of which is a single spike of several large lavender colored blossoms. Because it causes irrigation and water transportation problems, it is unwanted and usually removed from the water and destroyed at great expense. Art of Living is one of the first organizations to develop technologies and cottage industries to harvest and use the plant fibers for an industrial purpose.