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Pontederia Genus

Pickerel weed

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilBoggy
  • WaterWet

Description

Pontederia genus (Pickerel weed). There are about 5 species of aquatic deciduous or perennial plants. They produce distinctively, lance-shaped leaves and terminal spikes of bell-shaped, usually blue flowers.Propagation is in the spring or by division or seed.

Characteristics

Perennials, Aquatics

Origin

The Americas (freshwater)

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage and flower spikes.

Cultivation

Easily grown when planted in full sun in up to (25 cm of water. Only the spent flower stems need pruning, to encourage successive batches of flowers from spring to autumn. Thrives in almost any climate. Remove fading flowers regularly.

Propagation

Propagate from seed or by division in spring.

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