A friend gave me this plant last year for my pond. It has grown about 30 sizeable green leaves, and now has one solitary flower-head with beautiful lilac florets on it.
I looked it up on the net and it goes by the name of Pontederia Cordata (huh?...).....AKA locally as Pickerelweed. It is native to North and South America according to Wikipedia, and grows wild in places such as Florida (hi, Christina).
Whatever its name, it is a very beautiful flower. I hope over the next week or two it opens even more.
The hover fly comes as a bonus
Good times to everyone, and many thanks for the votes on my last week's Peacock butterfly.
Flowers and plants
Purple pond plant
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