New Pickerel Rush (Pontederia/Eichhornia paniculata). From the British Guiana and related to the North American species but far more outstanding. The heart shaped foliage is dark , waxy green and is taller than the native variety. The flowers resemble our native Pickerel Rush except that there are two shades of color in the petals-light and dark violet blue. Several florets open as the previous ones close, thus giving a long flowering time to the spikes. Note: With the abundance of flowers and growth, this plant requires much nourishment and must be planted in plenty of rich soil or fertilized often during the season. Prohibited in FL.
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