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.
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.
For Pickerelweed, each portion is a rooted, growing plant and size refers to age: small (1 year), medium (2 years), large (3+ years old).
Ease to Grow: Easy.
Native Range: Wetlands of Eastern North and South America.
Zones: 3-9 (2-10).
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.
US Regions: Mountain, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast
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.
USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
HOW TO GROW
Sunlight: Full Sun
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.
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.
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Shade: Full Sun
Northcentral & Northeast: OBL
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: OBL
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: OBL
An ornamental wetland bunchgrass; the seeds must be stored cold and wet; provides food for wildlife.
Item Number: PONCOR01
Species Type: Native
Grasses & Grass-like Species, Pollinator Favorites, Wet Meadows & Wetlands
Classification: Herbaceous Perennial
Habitat: Marshes, swampy edges of lakes and streams, along tidal shores.
Bloom Period: May to November
Flower Color: Purple
Foliage Color: Green
Height: Up to 4.9 Ft
Minimum Root Depth: 10 in
pH: 4.9 – 8.7
Pollinator Value: High
Approximate seeds per lb: 5,000
Seeding Rate: Please contact customer service for seeding rate information.
Truax Seedbox: Hand