Sagittaria latifolia (Common Arrowhead) has broad, arrow-like leaves so this plants genus is aptly named ("Sagittaria" - arrow-like). This arrow leaf also makes it quite easy to identify from other wetland plants. Found in full sun and part sun situations in marshes, river mudflats, and pond edges. The flowers are arranged in whorls of three upon a stalk and have both male and female blossoms. This arrowhead feeds a broad range of wildlife including insects, birds, mammals and turtles. The golf ball-sized tubers have been consumed by Native Americans, which gives it it's other common name duck potato.
- Sun Exposure Prairie/Savanna
- Soil Conditions Wet, Wet-Mesic
- Height 2'-3'
- Flower Time June, July, August, September
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