Royal Pickerel (Pontederia dilatata)

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Royal Pickerel (Pontederia dilatata)

Royal pickerel is similar to the more commonly known pickerel rush (Pontederia cordata), but with significant differences. The blue bottlebrush flower spikes of royal pickerel are generally larger and fuller, the plant grows taller and more vertical, and the leaves are more elongated and spearhead shaped.  Overall, royal pickerel makes a more striking specimen plant. Royal pickerel is not as winter hardy as common pickerel rush, being comfortable down to Zone 6 and possibly to Zone 5, especially if placed in a protected spot or below the ice. Usually blooms throughout the summer on new leaves.

Hardiness Zone: 6-11
Planting Container: We recommend a medium or large planting bag.
Light Requirements: full sun to part shade
Height: 48-72" - Spread: 12"+
Water Depth: Moist soil or water up to 10" deep (Maximum water depth is for mature bog plants)

For planting instructions see our Planting Instructions for Bog Plants Page.


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