P1020680-003

Pontederia cordata L.

Forb/herb/perennial

Native L 48, Canada

Blooming:  May, purple

Pickerel weed stands  attract fish which eat insects which visit the flowers, such as bees, wasps and butterflies. It also provides safe cover for fish, aquatic invertebrates and small mammals.   Manatees seem to favor pickerel weed over other food and the leaves and roots are eaten by geese and muskrats.  Seeds are eaten by ducks and other water birds and deer.   Apparently trhe young leaves are edible as salad greens or as a potherb, lightly boiled and dotted with butter.  (David Byres, web.fscj.edu/David.Byres/.)

Native Americans used infusion to prevent pregnancy and for illness in general.

Location: N 30 00 179′, W 084 32.650′ (RL .2 miles);  N 30 00 229′, W 084 33 563′ (RR 1.75 m); N 30 00 718′, W 094 34 242′ (RL 3.5 m);  N 30 00 609′, W 084 34 196′ (RL 3 m); N 30 00 377′, W 084 33 540′ (RL 2.11m)

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