High Desert Plant Finder & Guide
Pontederia cordata 'Alba'
White Pickerelweed flowers
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 30 inches
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4
Other Names: White Pickerel Plant
A common plant in native wetlands; beautiful spikes of white flowers from late spring through summer; perfect for the margins of garden ponds or constantly moist areas; established plants can thrive in flooded areas; spreads by creeping rhizomes
White Pickerelweed features showy spikes of white orchid-like flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to late summer. Its attractive glossy heart-shaped leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
White Pickerelweed is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
White Pickerelweed is ideally suited for growing in a pond, water garden or patio water container, and is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Water Gardens
- Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
- Bog Gardens
Planting & Growing
White Pickerelweed will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the water, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. As an aquatic plant, it requires a suitable water garden environment and will benefit from special planting and ongoing care practices; consult one of our in-store experts for further details and instructions. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.