Pickerelweed Pontederia cordata Linnaeus  

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Very popular with pollinators. This plant is very attractive to long-tongued bees, which have to reach way down to get nectar and pollen. They also have hooked hairs on the tips of their tongues to wrangle the pollen out. There are three bees that only feed their young pollen from this plant: Melissodes apicata, Florilegus condignus (most common and found at least throughout the western shore tidal systems), and Dufourea novaeanglia (no specimens in about 100 years; recorded from the DC area long ago). (S. Droege, pers. comm.)

There are 160 records in the project database.

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Pickerelweed in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/5/2012). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Pickerelweed in Prince George's Co., Maryland (6/5/2013). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Pickerelweed blooming in Montgomery Co., Maryland (5/30/2012). Photo by Fritz Flohr Reynolds. (MBP list)

Blooming Pickerelweed along the Patuxent River, Calvert Co., Maryland (6/20/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Pickerelweed in Kent Co., Maryland (7/10/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Pickerelweed blooming in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/10/2017). Photo by Robert Ferraro. (MBP list)

Pickerelweed in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/2/2010). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Pickerelweed blooming in Allegany Co., Maryland (7/8/2014). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

Pickerelweed in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/3/2011). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Pickerelweed in Prince George's Co., Maryland (7/16/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Pickerelweed in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (7/5/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Pickerelweed blooming in Montgomery Co., Maryland (6/25/2016). Photo by Bonnie Bell. (MBP list)

Pickerelweed blooming in Somerset Co., Maryland (7/6/1982). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Pickerelweed in Prince George's Co., Maryland (6/29/2017). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Pickerelweed blooming in Montgomery Co., Maryland (6/25/2016). Photo by Bonnie Bell. (MBP list)

Pickerelweed growing in Montgomery Co., Maryland (8/25/2016). Photo by Robert Ferraro. (MBP list)

Pickerelweed blooming in Allegany Co., Maryland (7/11/2014). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

Pickerelweed in Caroline Co., Maryland (8/2/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Pickerelweed in bloom in Howard Co., Maryland (7/25/2017). Collected and processed by Helen Lowe Metzman. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

Pickerelweed hosting a Snowberry Clearwing in Howard Co., Maryland (7/4/2014). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Pickerelweed in bloom in Howard Co., Maryland (7/25/2017). Collected and processed by Helen Lowe Metzman. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

Pickerelweed in Kent Co., Maryland (6/23/2007). Photo by Nancy Martin. (MBP list)


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