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Pickerel Weed (Pontederia cordata)

Another of our common aquatic plants (see, Water Lily and Hat pins). Pickerel weed grows in the still shallows of ponds; it is often found along with water lilies, though I have found that pickerel weed is generally less frequent than the water lilies. The small blue flowers of the pickerel weed cluster together at the top of a clublike stalk. Its leaves, arising from the bottom, are: large, glossy and arrowhead shaped. The nutlike seeds are edible and the young leaf stalks can be cooked as greens.

An image of pickerel weed (Distant) An image of pickerel weed (Minimum) An image of pickerel weed (Close)

An image of pickerel weed (Distant)

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Peter Landry

2011