Pickerel Weed (Pontaderia cordata )

Pontaderia cordata

Scientific Name: Pontaderia cordata
Common Name: Pickerel Weed
Description of facts and concepts: An obligate wetland species, pickerel weed is host to many bees and butterflies. This plant won’t tolerate any drought, and must be planted in standing water. The seeds and stalks are edible. A special bee, Dufourea novaeangliae, obtains pollen and nectar from only this plant!
Seed or division information: Seed or division of roots, any time during the growing season.
Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W1
Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden
Color of Flower: Blue
Height: 36-50″
Spread: 30-40″
Family: Pickerel Weed
Soil Type: Base to Acidic Sand or clay
Soil: Dry to Wet Wet to moist
Light: Sun to Shade Full sun
Zone 4-10 Zones 2-8

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