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Pontederia cordata

Pickerel weed

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  • Pontederia cordata | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Pontederia cordata | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height0.6m to 1.35m
  • Spread0.5m to 0.75m
  • Growth HabitWater plant
  • Flower ColourBlue-mauve
  • Leaf ColourGlossy dark green

Description

Pontederia cordata (Pickerel weed). This is a beautiful clump-forming bog or aquatic perennial. It has dark green glossy leaves, the flowers are produced in spikes of lavender-blue flowers which bloom in late summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Fragrant

Origin

North America

Interest and use

Aquatic, semi-aquatic, bog, ornamental, foliage

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterWet

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. Propagate from seed or by division in spring.

Propagation

Propagate from seed or by division in spring.

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