PICKEREL WEED

FAMILY: Pontederiaceae | GENUS: PONTEDERIA cordata

TYPE
  • Perennials
  • Water Plants
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Grow in Ponds
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10

Plant Details

From eastern North America. To 34 feet high, 22 feet wide. Long-stalked, glossy, green leaves stand well above surface of water; they are heart shaped, to 10 inches long, 6 inches wide. From late spring to fall, bears short spikes of blue, pink, or white flowers. Blooms attract bees and butter- flies; dragonflies use the flower spikes as landing pads. Good companion to water lilies (Nymphaea); plant in pots of rich soil placed in 1 feet of water. Gives an informal garden pool the look of a wild pond. To use in natural ponds, set plants at shorelineunderwater, directly in the soil. Dormant in winter.

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