Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Pickerel Plant

Pontederia cordata
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Stream Edge, Wetland
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June), Late (July - frost)
Main Color: Blue, Purple
Fall Color:

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Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
High, Wet, Aquatic
Nature Attracting
Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Food/Pollinators
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

18 to
24
feet

Spread:

24 to
48
inches
Size
Height: 18 to
24
feet
Spread: 24 to
48
inches
Size
Height: 18 to
24
feet
Spread: 24 to
48
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Use along shorelines in small or large ponds. Some wildlife feed on the seeds.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in full sun or shade in shallow water.
Special Features
Special Usage
Containers, Rainscaping
Basic Description

The blue-violet flower spikes of this hardy water plant stand out vividly at the edge of a pond or in a small pool. Plants bloom from June through October. Large stands are very showy. Glossy green lance-shaped leaves grow vertically out of the water.

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