Pontederia cordata
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Pontederia cordata


  family pontederiaceae 
  genus pontederia 

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Genus  Pontederia Species  cordata Variety  Cultivar  Common names  pickerelweed Family  PONTEDERIACEAE Specimen number  S11721 Data source  HtZn p157;Frgnt p266
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' - 4' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Wet Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Pontederia cordata has flowers that are mildly rank smelling. Pickerelweed can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30 Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. Full sun is ideal for this species. It usually does best in wet soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  unpleasant odor Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Rank Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Leaves: Pontederia cordata has leaves that rise high above water surface on stems. Flowers: Pickerelweed has spikes of funnel shaped flower blossoms on stiff stems. Most often the flowers occur in either blue or purple.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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