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Pickerelweed, Pontederia cordata, is an emergent perennial with broad, sword shaped leaves and charming, tubular, blue and purple flowers on tall spikes. Pontederia cordata (Pickerel Weed) Wildflower Seed Ornamental wetland bunchgrass; seeds must be stored cold and wet; provides food for wildlife. General Product Information: Item Number: PONCOR01 Species Type: Native Product Categories: 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 Foliage Color: Green Height: Up to 3.4 Ft Minimum Root Depth: 10 in pH: 4.9 – 8.7 Pollinator Value: High Indicator Regions ( view map & key ): Northcentral & Northeast: OBL Midwest: OBL Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: OBL Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain:  OBL Tolerances: Shade: Full Sun Drought: No Salt: Low Seed Information: Approximate seeds per lb: 5,000 Truax Seedbox: Hand PRINT | EMAIL | SHARE To: From: Message:

Pickerelweed

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 plant shipped.

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

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Pickerel Weed Seeds

Sowing: Before planting in the spring, mix the seeds with very wet sand and store in the refrigerator for 30 days before planting. Press into the surface of completely saturated soil such as mud; do not bury the seed. If starting the seed indoors, submerge the growing containers in water up to an inch below the surface of the soil. Germination can be slow and irregular.

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.

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.

Seed Saving: As the flowers stalks mature and develop seed, they will become immersed in the water and release their seeds. Gather the seeds as soon as they easily come loose from the stem, but before they drop and float away. The seeds are dormant at this point and will not germinate immediately, though they should be planted as soon as possible for the best germination rates.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Lance-Leaf Pickerel Weed

Latin Name: Pontederia cordata

Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

Type: Native Wildflowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

US Regions: Mountain, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 340

Stratification: No Stratification (Seed from us has been Pre-Stratified)

Germination Ease: No Stratification

Sunlight: Full Sun

Height: 24 Inches

Color: Purple

Bloom Season: Blooms Late Summer

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They simply do not care to sprout? Initially attempted to germinate in an AeroGarden enviornment, then tried in local to the pond water behind our home. nothing? The other seeds, Common Rush and even the Poppy seeds purchased are all doing well.

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These showy spikes are formed of many small blue flowers. This native aquatic plant flourishes in shallow quiet waters, and can often be seen in the wild growing along marshes, streams, and ponds.

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.

HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Before planting in the spring, mix the seeds with very wet sand and store in the refrigerator for 30 days before planting. Press into the surface of completely saturated soil such as mud; do not bury the seed. If starting the seed indoors, submerge the growing containers in water up to an inch below the surface of the soil. Germination can be slow and irregular.

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.

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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.

Seed Saving: As the flowers stalks mature and develop seed, they will become immersed in the water and release their seeds. Gather the seeds as soon as they easily come loose from the stem, but before they drop and float away. The seeds are dormant at this point and will not germinate immediately, though they should be planted as soon as possible for the best germination rates.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Lance-Leaf Pickerel Weed

Latin Name: Pontederia cordata

Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

Type: Native Wildflowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

US Regions: Mountain, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 340

Stratification: No Stratification (Seed from us has been Pre-Stratified)

Pontederia cordata
Pickerelweed

Ornamental wetland bunchgrass; seeds must be stored cold and wet; provides food for wildlife.

General Product Information:

Item Number: PONCOR01
Species Type: Native
Product Categories:
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
Foliage Color: Green
Height: Up to 3.4 Ft
Minimum Root Depth: 10 in
pH: 4.9 – 8.7
Pollinator Value: High

Indicator Regions ( view map & key ):

Northcentral & Northeast: OBL
Midwest: OBL
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: OBL
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: OBL

Tolerances:

Shade: Full Sun
Drought: No
Salt: Low

Seed Information:

Approximate seeds per lb: 5,000
Truax Seedbox: Hand

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