Pontederia cordata

Common name: Pickerelweed

Native plant

Pickerelweed is a true emergent species, preferring sites of standing water or constant wet muck.  It is a large, showy plant with shiny, arrowhead shaped leaves and flowering spikes up to 5 inches long.  Flowering occurs in late summer, and a colony of plants can continue to flower for up to 4 months. Plants will spread by rhizomes, often covering large surfaces of water.  Flowers are visited by a range of bees, and seeds are a favorite treat of ducks.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Wetlands

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Yellow Orange


Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
3 Feet
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
4 Feet

Additional information

Pollinator hot spot Rain garden suited

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