Pontederia cordata - Pickeral weed
Fewer than ten species of Pontederia are native to North and South America.
Pickeral weed is native to streamsides and wetlands of the eastern U.S,
Blue flowers stand above the foliage from late spring through fall. Bees,
butterflies and hummingbirds nectar at the flowers. The small seeds are
considered an important wildlife food. It spreads rapidly in a suitable site.
Plants can be seen along the edge of pond ‘H’ east of building 6 and in wet, natural areas throughout campus.
Pickeralweed can grow to about three feet tall but is usually shorter.
Light: full sun
Water: requires moist soil, tolerates standing water
Soil: moisture is essential, no other special requirements
This native plant grows easily in moist soils in northeast Florida. It flowers best in sun but will grow in a partly shaded location.