Thirsty Thursday

Along one of the local ponds the adventurous Hickory and Nutmeg found a pond plant Ol’ Wally hasn’t featured before.

Pickerelweed

Pickerelweed, Pontederia cordata, is common along pond edges but is also widely planted, so we’re not sure how this plant came to be here. It has distinctive blue to purple flowers in spikes rising above the long leaves, making it fairly easy to identify.

Pickerelweed flower

Miz Flora claims they are heart-shaped, but that’s only at the base. They are so long I don’t think of them that way. This plant was mixed in with many others and Nutmeg didn’t really pay much attention when she was photographing, so you can’t see the leaves that go with the flower in the close-up.

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