Pickerelweed - Pontederia cordata
Pickerelweed is a North American native, monocotyledonous aquatic plant. This plant grows in a variety of wetlands in a large range from eastern Canada south to Argentina. They grow in rivers and the Everglades. This plant is an emergent plant that is usually in flooded areas, so it is dependent on aerenchyma in the stem to carry oxygen to the roots. It is usually found in areas where the water level fluctuates.
Pickerel weed Plant
The Pickerel Weed Plant is pleasing to look at and provides a pop of color to any garden area! This large plant has small spikes of deep blue flowers and long, heart shaped leaves. It stands about three feet tall with the flower spikes being about 6 inches. It will thrive and become a lush plant with many blooming flowers very easily. The only requirement they have is that they do not dry out. Simply water, and your garden will be popping with color! This flowering plant multiplies very easily, you can separate plants to keep it from growing too large. The Pickerel Weed Plant provides nectar for bees and butterflies. The flower also contains a seed that is edible! It can be eaten straight off the plant, or mixed in granola, bars, and many other recipes! The young leaves are also edible and are tasty in a fresh salad. This plant is not only very pleasing to the eye but it also adds healthy seeds and greens to your diet. With its deep blue flowers, and the way it attracts colorful butterflies, it creates an environment that is very pleasing to the eye!