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Pontederia cordata 'Alba'


Plant Type:


Pontederia cordata 'Alba' – The white flowering form of Pickerelweed is a marginal treasure. Though from the distance it appears white this form as verified in the closeup picture of the flower is actually touched with pale pink rather than just pure white... lovely in either case. The satin finished spade-shaped leaves are emerald green, clean and oh, so handsome arising from one to four feet above the water line near the pond's edge. The bottle brush inflorescence which occur over a long period in summer are usually 5 to 7 inches tall. Pontederia cordata 'Alba' will naturalize into a beautiful colony, is a good bee plant and will provide cover for young fish. Pickerelweed is native to all of Eastern North America down through Texas with populations found in Oregon. Whether native to Oregon or transplanted there by man where it naturalized I don't know... Hardiness designations for the species vary wildly and this may be due to provenance of selections which are found in areas as cold as northern northeastern Canada right down to Texas. Site in full to nearly full sun planted at pond's edge in water from 3 to 12 inches or so deep. Of course, it can be potted and set in a man-made “pondlet”. Pot grown division if ordered in fall will arrive cut back and bare root... get it in the pond right away!


18-48 in


12-15 in


White with Pastel Pink
Item Description Price  
PONTCOAL Pontederia cordata 'Alba' (5 inch Square x 6 Tall - 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $18.00

Characteristics and Attributes for Pontederia cordata 'Alba'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Bog
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Massing
  • Marginal
  • Pond, Bog, Wetland

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Sandy
  • Wet
  • Fertile


  • Eastern North America

Propagated By

  • Division