Pickerelweed in Your Landscape
Pickerelweed is an aquatic plant with a long stalk and flowering cone. Often found in regions along lakes and sunny swamp areas in shallow fresh waters, it is a colorful plant with shiny green leaves and stems crowned with deep blue to violet flowers. This perennial adds beauty and value to the scenery.
Known by its botanical name Pontaderia Cordata, this plant can survive in low oxygen levels, including standing waters. It's resilience and beauty has made it a popular ornamental garden variety, with its unique height and pop of color topped with 7 inches of flowering. The Royal Horticultural Society dubbed the ornamental with an Award of Garden Merit. It is considered a native plant to North America and can be found on water lines from Argentina to Canada.
Birds and bees love the Pickerelweed plants and bees help pollinate this plant.
With flowers blooming in late summer, these plants are favorite attractants for the butterfly and bee population, and also aid in encouraging other wildlife to the area. In its natural lake and pond habitat, it often attracts fauna such as squirrels, birds and even deer. When it flowers, it drops edible seeds that provide a food source for many types of wildlife. This moderately growing flower is a great way to add color and attract pollinators to your garden.
Thriving when planted in mucky to wet soil, the flower is famous for surrounding decorative ponds. It is best to plant in the mid-to-late springtime, and if in water make sure it is less than six standing inches when planting. To plant it, you sink it into the soil in your desired placement, and it is not recommended to use fertilizer, bark, perlite or other particulates in the potting soil because it will rise, spread, and float on top of the water. This native plant is a beauty, but use caution and be diligent in its placement to ensure it doesn't get invaded by surrounding plant species, as it does not thrive in competitive environments. When introduced to the right space, Pickerelweed is a beautiful, native addition to many landscapes adding height, beauty, and wildlife to your masterpiece.
This is an aquatic plant that puts on beautiful purple flowers. It grows 2-3 feet tall. Great for planting in ponds and marshes.
ReviewsTim BrodesserPackage arrived in a timely and well cared for manner. Communication needs to be better regarding order confirmation and shipping/tracking. Especially important during summer months so packages don't die on the front porch. Looking forward to growing this amazing plant as it's name is a reminder of my favorite childhood book series of Miss Pickerell's Adventures!
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