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.

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 Pickerelweed for sale.

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

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Karl Schaeffer
Jump-Starting my wetland area

The plants arrived quickly and well-packaged. Already they are taking root and seem to be thriving. Wonderful!

David Thayer
As advertised

Pickerel weed arrived small, but healthy with a couple dainty leaves. It was well packed and wrapped in moist sphagnum and an outer layer of paper when it arrived. I doubt size will be an issue for long judging by the habit of the ones I’ve seen in the wild. I’m very pleased


Pickerelweed arrived healthy and packaged quite well. Excellent root system. Took a little over a week after planting for the dormancy to break, and has begun leafing out!

Andrew North
So far so good.

I bought a small aquarium to place all my aquatics in while I get my pond ready. Stay tuned for pics.

Anna Maria Johnson
Deer love it!

The plants arrived in excellent condition and I planted them as directed in my frog pond. I was surprised to find the next morning that a deer had dug them up and devoured them. I still have a leaf with some roots attached so will see if that survives. So, I do recommend this plant but take precautions about deer!

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