Pickerelweed or Pickerel Rush

Pontederia cordata

     Pickerelweed is a very common immersed plant. It is a prolific grower and can cover large areas.

     Pickerelweed typically grows to about two to three feet tall. Its leaves are large, up to five inches wide, and are usually twice as long. Leaf shapes are variable but are usually lance-shaped. The easiest way to recognize pickerelweed is by its spike of violet-blue flowers.

Photo was taken at Mountain Island Lake July 2002.