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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

The Scientific Name is Pontederia cordata. You will likely hear them called Pickerelweed. This picture shows the Pickerel-weed blooming in a water garden of Pontederia cordata

Bettina Darveaux

Natural wetland habitat

Morrow Mountain State Park, Stanly County, NC

The Scientific Name is Pontederia cordata. You will likely hear them called Pickerelweed. This picture shows the Natural wetland habitat of Pontederia cordata

Bettina Darveaux

Developing inflorescence

Water garden, Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Pontederia cordata. You will likely hear them called Pickerelweed. This picture shows the Developing inflorescence of Pontederia cordata

Bettina Darveaux

Close-up of flower spike

Morrow Mountain State Park, Stanly County, NC

The Scientific Name is Pontederia cordata. You will likely hear them called Pickerelweed. This picture shows the Close-up of flower spike of Pontederia cordata

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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