Pontederia cordata (Pickerelweed)

As a gardener who specializes in Texas wildflowers, I would like to introduce you to the beautiful and versatile plant known as Pontederia cordata, also commonly known as Pickerelweed. This aquatic plant is a member of the Pontederiaceae family and is native to a large portion of the United States and Canada.

In Texas, you can find Pickerelweed growing naturally in wetlands, along the banks of rivers and streams, and in other waterlogged areas. Its heart-shaped leaves and striking purple-blue flowers make it an eye-catching addition to any water garden or wetland restoration project.

Pickerelweed is a hardy plant that is easy to grow and maintain. It thrives in full sun or partial shade and can tolerate a variety of soil types, as long as it is consistently moist. If you have a pond or wetland area on your property, consider planting Pickerelweed to help improve water quality and provide habitat for wildlife.

Pontederia cordata Information

Family Pontederiaceae
Common Names Pickerelweed, Pickerel Weed
Native to USA AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV
Native to Canada NB, NS, ON, PE, QC 
Size 2-4′ tall

In addition to its aesthetic value, Pickerelweed also has several ecological benefits. It provides shelter and food for a variety of aquatic animals, including fish, frogs, and insects. Its roots help stabilize soil and prevent erosion, and it can also help filter excess nutrients from the water, improving water quality.

Overall, if you’re looking for a low-maintenance plant that can add beauty and ecological value to your water garden or wetland area, consider adding Pontederia cordata, the lovely and versatile Pickerelweed, to your plant collection.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Pontederia cordata edible?

Yes, Pontederia cordata is edible.

Is Pontederia cordata an invasive species of plant?

Yes, Pontederia cordata is considered an invasive species of plant.