Pickerel Weed - Wampee
Pontederia cordata
Pontederiaceae (Pickerelweed) Family

Plant is an aquatic perennial with a rhizome from which new growth emerges. Preferred habitat is lakes, freshwater marshes, streams and ponds. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are mostly basal; oval to lance-like in shape; no teeth and no lobes; leaf base is heart-shaped and attached to the stem between the two lobes. Leaf tip is blunt to nearly rounded.

Flowers are in a tall spike; divided into two parts where one side is the image of the other; bisexual; sepals and petals similar. Color is blue marked with yellow. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is a achene.

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