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Seed Saving: As the flowers stalks mature and develop seed, they will become immersed in the water and release their seeds. Gather the seeds as soon as they easily come loose from the stem, but before they drop and float away. The seeds are dormant at this point and will not germinate immediately, though they should be planted as soon as possible for the best germination rates.

This aquatic plant flourishes in shallow, quiet waters; its hollow stems allow the leaves to float and accomplish photosynthesis. Pickerel fish, as well as other types of fish, tend to take cover in the foliage of this plant, while the seeds attract small animals and water birds. The genus name “Pontederia” honors Italian professor Giulio Pontedera, a botanist for the Botanical Gardens of Padua for many years. The species name “cordata” means “heart,” referring to the shape of the leaves. Because of its excellence for ornamental gardens, the Royal Horticultural Society gave this aquatic plant the Award of Garden Merit.


Color: Purple

Harvesting: For cut flowers, choose stems with flowers that have just opened. Strip the foliage that will fall below the water level, and place in water immediately.

Growing: Seedlings develop slowly, and may not bloom until their second or third year. These plants need constant moisture, whether planted in rich exposed soil or shallow water. They grow best in water under 12 inches, though they tolerate occasional flooding up to 24 inches. This plant makes an excellent addition to naturally wet areas like marshes, stream beds, and shallow ponds. Since it tends to spread vigorously by rhizomes once established, grow in a container submerged in water if spreading is not wanted. Mature plants can be divided in the spring. This plant attracts bees, butterflies, and dragonflies; water birds and small animals also like to eat the foliage and seeds.

For Pickerelweed, each portion is a rooted, growing plant and size refers to age: small (1 year), medium (2 years), large (3+ years old).

Plants are shipped bare-root, wrapped in damp sphagnum moss. In it’s dormant season, it will be shipped as a dormant rhizomes with trimmed leaves. Photographs are representative of species, and not the specific plant shipped.

Ease to Grow: Easy.
Dormancy: Yes.
Native Range: Wetlands of Eastern North and South America.
Zones: 3-9 (2-10).

Pickerelweed, Pontederia cordata, is an emergent perennial with broad, sword shaped leaves and charming, tubular, blue and purple flowers on tall spikes. The flowers attract many insects, that become prey to carnivorous plants. The leaves are large, waxy, and quite succulent. It is winter hardy, and prefers growing along the water’s edge. It is a prolific grower, tolerating a wide range of wet growing conditions. The rhizomes can grow rapidly, forming a nice colony of plants in a season. It is an excellent companion for bladderworts and Aldrovanda, providing dappled light, and organic matter to the water, essential for the development of micro organisms that become the prey for aquatic carnivorous plants. It is propagated from seeds and cuttings. Seeds are edible and leaves can be cooked like spinach.

Height: 8″ – 16+”.
Plant Type: Perennial, cold temperate.
Soil: General Bog Mix.
Soil pH: 5.5-7.
Light: Full to Partial Sun.
Use: Tall, stately blue flowers.