Pretty, Purposeful Pickerelweed

It’s got a funny name, but this common swamp plant with a pretty purple flower provides food for ducks, rodents, snails, turtles, bees, fish and plenty more critters. And lots of animals use it for shelter. Humans can eat the seeds, too.

You can’t easily spot it here, but it’s actually all over the Basha Kill wetlands. Click the photo to see!

And here it is, up close:

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