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What is pickerel weed?

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A pickerel weed is a plant native to North America that is part of the genus Pontederia. Pickerel weeds have blue or purple flowers. The large leaves of a pickerel weed often have a distinctive arrow-shaped appearance. These weeds are considered freshwater plants and are most common in shallow waters.

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The eastern part of the United States and much of Canada are home to the pickerel weed. It is a perennial plant that often expands its reach when it returns each spring. Some biologists believe that the pickerel weed is a prominent food source for pike and other freshwater fish.

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