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The Pickerelweed is found throughout the eastern United States.  It is a native plant of Florida and found throughout most of the state.  It is an aquatic plant that grows in shallow pools, streams, marshes and wet ditches.

These plants usually emerge from standing water reaching a height of 3 feet or more.  The heart-shaped leaves are 3-4 inches long and 1-3 inches wide.  The erect flower spike, about 3-4 inches long, is densely covered with small blue two-lipped flowers with yellow markings.  They bloom year-round, although a single bloom only lasts for a day.  They attract butterflies and bees.

The upper image and the right image were taken at the Laurel Landfill in southern Sarasota County.  The image on the left was taken at the Babcock-Webb WMA in Charlotte County.

The distribution maps for the Pickerelweed are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).