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Pontederia cordata


Tubular, hyacinth-like, violet-blue flower spikes are displayed on this aquatic perennial over the shiny, heart to lance-shaped, green foliage.

  • »  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

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  • Category:Perennials
  • Hardiness Zone:4
  • Height:40-50 cm
  • Spread:60-80 cm
  • Bloom Color: Violet
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Butterflies
Growth Rate
Flowering Time
Lt. Sum-Fall
Foliage Color
Landscape uses
Bog or water garden
Planting instructions
Container Plants
Additional Information about Pontederia cordata

  • 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

Growing & Maintenance Tips for Pontederia cordata

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.