Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any plant of the genus Pontederia, but chiefly P. cordata, of the eastern half of North America. It is a handsome erect herb common in shallow water, with arrow-head-shaped leaves, all but one from the root, and a dense spike of blue flowers from a spathe-like bract.
- n. Any of various species of Potamogeton, or pondweed.
“In July, the blue pontederia or pickerel-weed blooms in large beds in the shallow parts of our pleasant river, and swarms with yellow butterflies in continual motion.”
“The blue pickerel-weed (_Pontederia_) is the type of a family of which there are few common representatives (Fig. 84, _I_, _K_).”
“Among the productions of the river's margin, I must not forget the pickerel-weed, which grows just on the edge of the water, and shoots up”
“But if the stream be too deep and wide, and the lilies are anchored far out among their broad pads, -- a floral Venice, with the blue spikes and arrowy leaves of the pickerel-weed for campaniles and towers, -- there are yet "lilies of the field" over which you may profitably meditate, remembering that Solomon Ben-David was not so arrayed.”
“There were water-lilies both golden and waxy-white, and blue spikes of pickerel-weed, and clumps of fragrant musk.”
“Broad leaves of the arrow-head and pickerel-weed give shelter to the coot, bobbing her head and neck as she makes nervous journeys through the water, sometimes scratching a long streak across its mirror-like surface as she uses both feet and wings in her haste to escape from the lone pedestrian.”
“The pale, golden-hearted arrow-head neighbored the homespun pickerel-weed, and -- oh, mysterious glory from an oozy bed!”
“There were banks now, and they were fringed with green borders of aquatic plants, rushes, and broad spatter-docks, and flags, and arrow-heads, and marsh-marigolds, and round-leaved pond-lilies, and pointed pickerel-weed.”
“The streams shrunken to rivulets that trickled through crevices between broad flat stones and oozed through beds of water-cress and crow-foot, horse-mint and pickerel-weed, the wells low, cisterns empty, and recourse for water to barrels and the sunken ponds.”
“They made as constant a part of the ocean's border as the pads or pickerel-weed do of that of a pond.”
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