Definition of pickerelweed in English:



  • A freshwater plant with broad arrow-shaped leaves and spikes of blue flowers that was formerly believed to give rise to, or provide food for, young pike.

    Pontederia cordata, family Pontederiaceae

    ‘Among them are arrow arum, bull-tongue arrowhead, pickerelweed, water lettuce, white water lily, yellow water lily, and the invasive alligator weed.’
    • ‘The ubiquitous saw grass rattles in the wind, while pond-apple trees, yellow pond lilies, and pickerelweed, with its iridescent purple flowers, line the riverbanks.’
    • ‘Pickerelweed is a perennial plant that can grow up to 3 1/2 feet tall.’
    • ‘Pickerelweed can be cut and the rhizomes can be dug up but physical control is difficult because it can re-establish from seeds and remaining rhizomes.’
    • ‘An aggressive spreader, Pickerelweed will do well in a water garden where it is easily controlled by dividing or planting in containers.’



/ˈpik(ə)rəlˌwēd/ /ˈpɪk(ə)rəlˌwid/