from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any plant of the genus Pontederia, but chiefly P. cordata, of the eastern half of North America.
  • n. Any of various species of Potamogeton, or pondweed.


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  • 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_).

    Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany For High Schools and Elementary College Courses

  • 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

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 105, July 1866

  • 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.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 27, January, 1860

  • There were water-lilies both golden and waxy-white, and blue spikes of pickerel-weed, and clumps of fragrant musk.

    'Lizbeth of the Dale

  • 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.

    Some Summer Days in Iowa

  • The pale, golden-hearted arrow-head neighbored the homespun pickerel-weed, and -- oh, mysterious glory from an oozy bed!

    Meadow Grass Tales of New England Life

  • 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.

    Days Off And Other Digressions

  • 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.

    The Heart of the Hills

  • They made as constant a part of the ocean's border as the pads or pickerel-weed do of that of a pond.

    Cape Cod


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