Description Pontederia cordata, also known as pickerelweed (USA) or pickerel weed (UK), is a monocotyledonous aquatic plant native to the American continent. It grows in a variety of wetlands, including pond and lake margins across an extremely large range from eastern Canada south to Argentina.It is often found in areas where water levels fluctuate naturally, with spring flooding and later summer emergence.The plant flowers in late summer. The purple flowers have yellow markings which may assist in attracting bees for pollination. Once the plant begins to produce seeds, the stem supporting the infloresence bends to submerse the fruits and seeds. Seeds are dormant at the time of dispersal and will not germinate without stratification for 6-8 weeks.The flowers of the species are tristylous, meaning the styles of individual plants occur in three different morphs, with most populations containing all three. Leaf shape, which varies considerably across populations, within populations, and even within individuals, has been the source for many taxonomic synonyms.Like many wetland and aquatic plants, the species can reproduce asexually by means of branching rhizomes, and hence can form large clonal stands.Photographed in the mucky edge of a pond in the Drowned Lands, Ulster Heights, New York, USA
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