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Northington, David K.
Sagittaria longiloba Engelm. ex J.G. Sm.
Flecha de Agua, Long-barb Arrowhead, Long-lobe Arrowhead, Longbarb arrowhead
USDA Symbol: SALO2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
AZ , CA , CO , KS , NE , NM , OK , TX Native Habitat:
Ponds, swamps, ditches, or other wet areas, mainly in south and west Texas USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight 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).
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: High
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
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: NPC