Pickerel Weed
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Pickerel Weed
P Introduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Pickerel Weed
Botanical name: Pontederia cordata    Family: Pontederiaceae (Pickerel weed family)
Synonyms: Pontederia lanceolata, Pontederia nymphaeifolia, Pontederia ovalis

Pickerel weed is a very common aquatic plant, often planted in ponds. It is characterized by a cluster of erect arrowhead-shaped leaves arising from a single basal clump. The leaves are 4-8 in across, shiny green and thick-spongy, standing up to 3 ft tall on fleshy stalks. Pickerelweed produces showy 15-20 cm long spikes of violet-blue flowers standing on stalks 2-3 ft tall. The individual flowers are about 2.5 cm across and quite showy, resembling an orchid. Pickerelweed spreads by creeping underground stems just beneath the surface. Pickerelweed is native to American continent, and is cultivated as an ornamental garden plant in India.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Garden of Five Senses, Delhi & Pune, Maharshtra.

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