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Sagittaria longiloba (Flecha de agua)
Northington, David K.

Sagittaria longiloba

Sagittaria longiloba Engelm. ex J.G. Sm.

Flecha de Agua, Long-barb Arrowhead, Long-lobe Arrowhead, Longbarb arrowhead

Alismataceae (Water-Plantain Family)

Synonym(s): Sagittaria greggii

USDA Symbol: SALO2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Members of the Water-Plantain Family grow in water, in swamps, on muddy banks, or occasionally in wet sand. Each plant has long-petioled leaves in a clump with a flowering stem rising among them. The flowers have 3 green sepals, 3 white or pink-tinged petals, 6 or more stamens, and several pistils. Stamens and pistils may be in separate flowers.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AZ , CA , CO , KS , NE , NM , OK , TX
Native Habitat: Ponds, swamps, ditches, or other wet areas, mainly in south and west Texas

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Conditions Comments: Native Americans and early settlers used the tuberous roots as food, calling them duck potatoes or swan potatoes (Kirkpatrick 1992).


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: High

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX

Additional resources

USDA: Find Sagittaria longiloba in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sagittaria longiloba in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sagittaria longiloba


Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: NPC

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