Pickerelweed - Pontederia cordata
The Pickerelweed is a perennial plant with intense green leaves. The leaves can grow up to 7 inches long. The leaves of the Pickerelweed are attached to a long petiole that emerges form the roots. Every stem produces a flower spike which are normally a pretty violet-blue color. The Pickerelweed makes a great addition to any landscaping project and they add just the right amount of color. Each spike can produce 100 or more flowers at varying intervals. The Pickerelweed normally flowers form June through the late fall. The seeds of this plant are edible and quite tasty eaten raw or cooked. It's very unique.
Pickerelweed is a North American native, monocotyledonous aquatic plant. This plant grows in a variety of wetlands in a large range from eastern Canada south to Argentina. They grow in rivers and the Everglades. This plant is an emergent plant that is usually in flooded areas, so it is dependent on aerenchyma in the stem to carry oxygen to the roots. It is usually found in areas where the water level fluctuates.