pick·​er·​el·​weed | \ ˈpi-k(ə-)rəl-ˌwēd How to pronounce pickerelweed (audio) \

Definition of pickerelweed

: a shallow-water monocotyledonous perennial plant (Pontederia cordata) chiefly of the eastern U.S. and Canada with large leaves and a spike of purplish-blue flowers

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Examples of pickerelweed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Part of the plan involves reintroducing native plant species that are more appropriate to the site than Phragmites: narrowleaf cattail, pickerelweed, black willow, blue iris, buttonbush and alder. Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2021 Reaching 3 feet tall, pickerelweed grows happily — even rambunctiously — in containers or water gardens, so consider trying that. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, 1 Oct. 2020 The rain darkened the way, which heightened colors, like the lavender of pickerelweed blossoms and brilliant yellow of spatterdock flowers. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of pickerelweed

1785, in the meaning defined above

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“Pickerelweed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pickerelweed. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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