Photo courtesy of J. Madsen

Scientific Name Pontederia cordata L.
Common Name Pickerelweed
Family Pontederiaceae (Pickerelweed)
Class Monocot
Description Stout emergent with heart-shaped leaves growing from a swollen base, perennial from base, showy purple flower spike forming numerous seeds
US Distribution Eastern North America
Worldwide Distribution Temperate North and South America
Ecology Shallow emergent to moist soil habitats
Economic Importance Prominent in revegetation efforts
Ecological Importance Hardy emergent species, good habitat for young fish, macroinvertebrates; seeds a secondary food source for wildlife
Notes Considerable variation in leaf shape; this species is being micropropagated by tissue culture techniques as IFAS
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