Pickerel rush (Pontederia cordata) has long, shiny, heart-shaped leaves with large spikes of tiny blue flowers and enjoys full sun to part shade. Pickerel rush is a great filtration plant that can be enjoyed anywhere in moist soils up to 12 inches of water. They are hardy to zone 4.
Common Names: Pickerel rush, Pickerelweed, Pickerel weed
Scientific Name: Pontedaria cordata
Sun Tolerance: Pickerel rush is adaptable to full sun and partial shade.
Planting Depth: Pickerel rush can be planted in moist soils or up to 12 inches of water.
Height of Plant: Pickerel rush can grow as tall as 3 feet.
Bloom color and time of year: Pickerel rush’s deep blue flowers are on a spike that bloom in succession from the bottom up and flowers from June through September.
Native Status: Pickerel rush is native to eastern North America as far south as Florida.
Benefit: Pickerel rush is a great plant for taking nutrients out of the water keeping your pond cleaner. The seeds are food for waterfowl and the nectar provides bees and butterflies with full bellies.
Care: In the fall we trim down our hardy plants to eliminate as much plant material that could decay in the pond over winter creating a healthier environment for your fish. Trim your Pickerel rush down just above the water surface.