Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

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Arrowhead, Duck Potato

Arrowhead, Duck Potato

Sagittaria latifolia

Full to part sun, wet moisture level, tolerant of a wide range of soils except rocky, strongly acid to strongly alkaline pH.  1-2.5 feet height, blooms summer into fall, white flowers, will naturalize by self-seeding and by rhizomes.

Germination Code:  C(60)

Native Region:  Lightly statewide

This is a vigorous, marginal aquatic perennial. Needs full sun for best flowering.   Can be invasive.  Tubers that form at the ends of the underground runners are edible and may be boiled or baked and eaten.  Waterfowl and snapping turtles feed off this plant.  Attracts birds.


One response to “Arrowhead, Duck Potato

  1. Carrie Geren Scoggins March 10, 2016 at 5:33 am

    Greene Dean of “Eat The Weeds,” states on his YouTube video on the Duck potatoes, that were not to confuse it with arrow, note his YouTube video BEFORE you eat the root.

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