Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)

Pickerelweed 

Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata) has not been found in French Hill Pond as yet. However, it is a common emergent plant on Mount Desert Island and is included in the emergent plants of French Hill Pond in anticipation of its introduction in the pond. It is a member of the Water-hyacinth Family (Pontederiaceae) and the order Liliales (Lilies).

The leaves are basal, long and tapering in an elongated heart-shape. They are from four to ten inches ( ten to 25 centimeters) long.

The violet to blue flowers are on a spike at the top of a stem extending well out of the water. Each flower is small and funnel-shaped. This plant flowers from June to November.

The fruit is a seed.

The root system is a rhizome.

Pickerelweed can grow to two feet (60 centimeters) above the water in shallow areas.

The seeds of the Pickerelweed are edible and the young leaves can be cooked like greens.

 

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