Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Arrowhead; Duck Potato

Sagittaria latifolia
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment:
Season of Interest:
Main Color: White
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 1
Hardy To Zone: 1

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Arrowhead or duck potato by Mervin Wallace
Photo: Mervin Wallace
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Wet, Aquatic
Nature Attracting
Butterfly, Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant
Size

Height:

18 to
30
inches

Spread:

30 to
60
inches
Size
Height: 18 to
30
inches
Spread: 30 to
60
inches
Size
Height: 18 to
30
inches
Spread: 30 to
60
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Wildlife eat the seeds and leaves. Plant around pond edges. Use in wet rain gardens, containers, and water gardens.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Prefers standing water, but also handles wet soil for extended periods. If grown in containers, clean out the container in spring and replant only one potato or plant.
Special Features
Special Usage
Containers, Edible, Rainscaping
Basic Description

A water plant with very ornamental, arrowhead-shaped leaves. In fertile soil the plants grow rapidly, producing many leaves on a short stalk. Plants spread by underground runners, sending up new plants 18 to 30 inches from the parent. White flowers appear late in the season. The tubers are edible.

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