Pontederia cordata: Pickerelweed

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Pickerelweed is an aquatic plant often found blooming in Singapore ponds. Each established plant sends up a single spike of purple-pink-blue blooms that are attractive to butterflies, bees and sometimes even hummingbirds.

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The flowers rather resemble those of a hyacinth and can also be white in color.

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Leaves of pickerelweed are heart shaped and up to about 5 inches across. Mostly growing in shallow waters, this plant can reach heights of about 3 to 4 feet. The wide leaves of the plants provide excellent c0ver for a multitude of fish and other pond dwellers.

All photos taken @ Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital, Singapore 20120215.

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