May. 16, 2017

pickerelweed, Pontederia cordata

Jo commented the other day that she enjoys the images of flowers most people don't see because they don't go into swamps and such. It reminded me that I've neglected those images lately. So here's one that was a wader. I hope I didn't disturb too many fish. Pickerelweed gets its name because it grows in patches that are good shelters for fish near the shores of lakes and streams. This one was about knee deep near a bluegill spawning bed. I carry a poncho so I don't get car seats wet after these moments. Barb says I don't use it enough! And wishes I would use it more in tick season. She's got a good point. These flowers are about a quarter inch across. Pickerelweed grows in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY(T), LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, NS, ON, PE, QC, and as far south as Argentina. Lenawee Co MI, 8/30/12.