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Pontederia cordata

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Pontederia cordata - Pickerelweed

More About Pontederia cordata

  • Aquatic perennial with glossy green, heart-shaped, basal leaves
  • Unbranched, hairless, flower stalks
  • Violet-blue, hyacinth-like flowers appear in closely packed, terminal spikes
  • Each stalk bears one leaf similar to the basal leaves
  • Produces large colonies
  • Each flower lasts for about one day
  • Bloom Time: Early summer
  • Flower Height: 125 cm
  • Foliage Height: 50 cm

Interesting Notes:

  • Native to Ontario            
  • Seeds are edible and can be added to granola cereals
  • Fish (pickerel) seek cover throughout the clumps, hence the common name Pickerel-weed

Zone:

4

Height:

40-50 cm

Spread:

60-80 cm

Colour:

Violet
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Pickerelweed Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in full to partial sun, in shallow water or a wet, mucky soil. Pickerelweed is an emergent, aquatic plant that doesn't like to dry out. Grow at the margins of ponds with a water depth of 15 cm.


Pontederia cordata Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Butterflies
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Bog or water garden
Bog or water garden

Soil Moisture

Wetland (Root submerged)
Aquatic (submerged)

Growth Rate

Medium

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Summer

Habit

Spreading

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Naturalizing
Border/edging

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