7 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Pickerel Weed Overview
Pontederia cordata is a clump-forming aquatic marginal species, often planted in water features ponds. It typically grows to a height of around 1.2m, producing lance to oval-shaped foliage and attractive tubular purple-blue flowers. Leaves measure approximately 18cm long and the flowers are borne on spikes up to 15cm tall. Flowering occurs in the summer, grow in full sun for optimal results. Although a highly prized plant in a contained space, it can easily become invasive in certain locations. In South Africa it is listed as problematic in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Gauteng.
Common problems with Pickerel Weed
Generally problem free.
How to propagate Pickerel Weed
Divide clumps in late spring.
Special features of Pickerel Weed
Tolerant of low soil oxygen, often found in areas where water levels fluctuate naturally, with spring flooding and later summer emergence.
Attracts useful insects
Lovely hunting scouting site for dragon flies.
Other uses of Pickerel Weed
Aquatic, semi-aquatic, bog, ornamental, foliage
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