Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Plant Height: 2-3 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Evergreen in the southern part of Florida but goes dormant in areas with cooler winter months.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Year round in South Florida.
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Water gardens
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Butterflies
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division

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Posted by critterologist (Frederick, MD - Zone 6b) on Oct 13, 2013 1:50 PM

Great plant for a soggy spot, pond edge, or bog garden. I have it growing in a "pocket pond," a 22" diameter no-hole container, with no more than 4 inches of water over the crown. It survives zone 6 winters in the container with no problem. It's vigorous enough that you'd probably want to contain it around the edges of smaller ponds, or I think it would be a thug. (It out-competes anything else I try to put in the same container.)

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