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Pontederia cordata 'Alba'

Common Name(s):

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pon-te-DARE-ee-uh kor-DAY-tuh AL-ba
Description

White Pickerel Weed has a long blooming period.  It grows in 0" to 10" water depthThis plant performs a phyto-purifying action, and are often used to improve water quality.

Dragonfly use this to lay their eggs as well as for perching and roosting.  The larvae use the stems to climb out of the water.

Its leaves look almost tropical and provide food and shelter for many animals.

 

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#bees#deciduous#wildlife plant#nectar plant#wet sites#specialized bees#odor#pollinator plant#wildflower garden#frost hardy
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Pontederia
    Species:
    cordata
    Family:
    Pontederiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Wildlife Value:
    Supports the specialized bee - Florilegus (Florilegus) condignus. Laying site for the adult dragonfly.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Prostrate
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11b, 11a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Spike of white ephemeral flowers. Strong odor.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Smooth
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Glossy, heart-shaped leaves with swirled markings., indented at the base and tapers to a point.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Can reach 2' in height.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees