Caption: Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata) has just started to bloom on the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The plants occur on shorelines, ditches, and herbaceous wetlands. They will tolerate shallow flooding, but are not drought tolerant. The plant is 2 to 3 feet tall and has flower spikes 6 inches long. Its heart-shaped leaves are up to 12 inches long. Pickerelweed attracts a wide variety of pollinating insects.
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of six national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Pocosin Lakes Visitor Center, located in Columbia, NC, is open 9am to 4pm whenever volunteer staffing is available.