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Products > Plants - Browse By Region > Sagittaria lancifolia
 
Sagittaria lancifolia - Duck Potato

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Aquatic Plant
Family: Alismataceae (Water Plantains)
Origin: Pantropical
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Aquatic
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Sagittaria lancifolia (Aquatic) (Duck Potato) - This perennial arises with basal leaves to 3 feet tall from tuber-producing rhizomes. The leaves have long petioles and arrowhead shaped leaf blades to 10 inches long. Submerged leaves are lance-shaped or even bladeless. The to 1 inch wide 3 petaled white flowers appear in late spring and summer. This is the most common arrowhead of eastern North America. It grows at low elevations in shallow water on the fringe of ponds, lakes, streams and wet ditches. Also called Duck Potato or Wapato because of its edible egg-shaped rhizomes. Native Americans cleared ponds of competing plants to locate and harvest the tubers in fall. The tubers were stored and cooked as needed, providing an excellent source of carbohydrates. The rhizome is also highly sought after by the West Indian Manatee.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Sagittaria lancifolia.
 
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