Sagittaria latifolia

Scientific name: Sagittaria latifolia


Common names: “Duck potato” “North American arrowhead” “broadleaf arrowhead” “wapato”

Plant Type: Marginal aquatic up to 12″, herbaceous perennial


Zone: 5 – 10

Light: Full sun

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Mud

Moisture: Wet soil – shallow still water


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Plant Size: H 1-4′ W 1-3′

Leaf and Stem shape: Arrowhead-shaped leavesImage result for sagittaria latifolia

Flower: Three-petaled white flowers in whorls of three

Maintenance: Medium, naturalizes by rhizomes and self seeds, deadhead flowers quickly to prevent self seeding

Landscape use: Bog gardens, ponds, rain garden

Propagate: By seed and division

Pests & Disease: May be affected by spider mites or aphids

Comments: Native to North American marshes, rhizomes produce edible starchy tubers eaten by ducks, turtles, and muskrats and birds eat the seeds

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