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.