Plant A Day – Pickerelweed

Pickerelweed Pontederia cordata

Pickerelweed
Pontederia cordata

Pickerelweed is a pretty plant to come upon when canoeing along the edges of the lakes in northeast Indiana.  The flower heads are unmistakable, although the leaves are quite variable in shape and look a lot like Arrowhead (Sagittaria) leaves.  The seeds and young leaves are edible.

The leaves are often arrowhead shaped, although not always.

The leaves are often arrowhead shaped, although not always.

Most of the plant is under water with the leaves and flower heads sticking out.

Most of the plant is under water with the leaves and flower heads sticking out.

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