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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Pontederia cordata

Pickerelweed

Scientific Name:

Pontederia cordata

Genus:

Pontederia

Species Epithet:

cordata

Common Name:

Pickerelweed

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Pontederiaceae (Pickerelweed Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Blue, Purple, Violet

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Wet, Aquatic

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Marshes, pond-shores, lake-shores. Pickerelweed is a native herbaceous emergent that grows along shallow shorelines up to 4 feet tall and is found in all areas of NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Weakly(2015) divides this taxon into 2 varieties: Pontederia cordata var. cordata and Pontederia cordata var. lancifolia

Pickerel-weed blooming in a water garden

Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Natural wetland habitat

Morrow Mountain State Park, Stanly County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Developing inflorescence

Water garden, Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Close-up of flower spike

Morrow Mountain State Park, Stanly County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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