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Golden Club Orontium aquaticum

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
oh-RON-tee-um a-KWA-tih-kum
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Grows in bogs or shallow water, margins of slow-moving streams, swamps, and pond margins; in water more than 12 in. deep the leaves float on the surface; slow to become established; spreads by rhizomes; sun to partial shade; plant in 2 to 5-gallon container; cultivated in water gardens

Emergent aquatic in muck or quiet fresh waters. Glaucous blue-green leaf color.

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Tags:
#poisonous#water garden#perennial#standing water#water plant#spadix#rhizomes#aquatic#native garden#bogs#edible garden#wildflower garden#food source spring#Coastal OBL#food source soft-mast fruit#Piedmont Mountains OBL#wet soils tolerant#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#poisonous#water garden#perennial#standing water#water plant#spadix#rhizomes#aquatic#native garden#bogs#edible garden#wildflower garden#food source spring#Coastal OBL#food source soft-mast fruit#Piedmont Mountains OBL#wet soils tolerant#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Orontium
    Species:
    aquaticum
    Family:
    Araceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    USA, NC
    Distribution:
    Throughout
    Edibility:
    EDIBLE PARTS: Roots and seeds HARVEST TIME: Only collect roots and seeds from areas you know have NOT been treated with pesticides. Collect roots in spring. SAFE HANDLING PROCEDURES: Scrub roots and soak seeds thoroughly with warm water to remove dirt and debris. Do not use dish detergent or any type of sanitizer. These products can leave a residue. NEVER eat roots raw -- they can be very bitter. Boil for at least 30 minutes, changing the water several times during boiling. Serve with butter or lemon juice. Dry collected seeds in the same manner as you would dried peas or beans. Boil for at least 45 minutes, changing the water often. Serve like peas.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Water Plant
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Green
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Spring
    Fruit Description:
    Seeds are edible once thoroughly cooked. Displays in May.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Long white and golden yellow club-like spadix, not enclosed by a spathe. The terminal 2-4 in. section is fertile with many small, greenish yellow flowers. Blooms from March to April.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    5-18 in. stalked, elliptical to broadly strap-like dark bluish green leaves with parallel veins. Leaves have a silver sheen on underside. Floats on the surface of water over 12 in. deep.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Pond
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Water Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil
    Problems:
    Contact Dermatitis
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. SKIN IRRITATION MINOR, OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES. Burning and swelling of lips, tongue, and throat from raw plant parts; nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur; contact with cell sap may cause skin irritation.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Calcium oxalate crystals
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Sap/Juice
    Seeds
    Stems