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 (pĭk′ər-əl-wēd′, pĭk′rəl-)
A freshwater plant (Pontederia cordata) of eastern North America, having heart-shaped leaves with long petioles and spikes of violet-blue flowers.
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(ˈpɪkərəlˌwiːd; ˈpɪkrəl-)
(Plants) any of several North American freshwater plants of the genus Pontederia, esp P. cordata, having arrow-shaped leaves and purple flowers: family Pontederiaceae
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(ˈpɪk ər əlˌwid, ˈpɪk rəl-)

any of several North American aquatic plants of the genus Pontederia, esp. P.cordata, with spikes of blue flowers, common in shallow fresh waters.
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Noun1.pickerelweed - American plant having spikes of blue flowers and growing in shallow water of streams and pondspickerelweed - American plant having spikes of blue flowers and growing in shallow water of streams and ponds
aquatic plant, hydrophyte, hydrophytic plant, water plant - a plant that grows partly or wholly in water whether rooted in the mud, as a lotus, or floating without anchorage, as the water hyacinth
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By the way there came up a shower, which compelled me to stand half an hour under a pine, piling boughs over my head, and wearing my handkerchief for a shed; and when at length I had made one cast over the pickerelweed, standing up to my middle in water, I found myself suddenly in the shadow of a cloud, and the thunder began to rumble with such emphasis that I could do no more than listen to it.
The plant species included bulrush (Scirpus californicus), softrush (Juncus effusus), water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), duckweed (Lemna minor), pickerelweed (Pontederia), duckpotato (Sagittaria lancifolia), native canna (Canna spp.), buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), cutgrass (Leersia oryzoides), and native lotus (Nelumbo lutea).
William Chapman White wrote, "As a man tramps the woods to the lake he knows he will find pines and lilies, pickerelweed, blue heron, and golden shiners as they were in the summer of 1352, 1852, as they will be in 2052 and beyond.
When you add the reservoir's widespread vegetation that includes hydrilla, hyacinth, cattails, eelgrass, pickerelweed, lily pads, and even standing cypress along the south shore, you've got the makings of a bassing paradise.
They also were reported to eat some emergent semiaquatic plants, including pickerelweed, Pontederia cordata L.
Slippery and fast, it amazed the crew, taking them into dense buttonbush, pickerelweed, cattails, lotus, wild rice, water willow and even alder thickets where ducks previously hid with impunity.