Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: In Water
Wet
Plant Height: 1 to 3 feet (30-100 cm)
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Underground structures: Corm
Uses: Water gardens
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Roots
Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Offsets
Pollinators: Various insects

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Posted by mellielong (Lutz, Florida - Zone 9b) on Apr 17, 2015 11:23 PM

The book "How to Know the Wildflowers" (1922) by Mrs William Starr Dana uses the synonym Sagittaria variabilis. She remarks that "among our water-flowers none are more delicately lovely than those of the arrow-head". However, she gets a little sexist, proclaiming that it is fortunate the "ugly and inconspicuous female flowers grow on the lower whorls, while the male ones, with their snowy petals and golden centers, are arranged about the upper part of the scape."

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Posted by bonitin (Ghent, Belgium - Zone 8a) on Apr 12, 2012 5:09 AM

Forms large colonies on very wet soil or shallow waters like at river- and lake sides, ponds etc..
Tubers are edible raw or cooked.

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