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Duck Potato Sagittaria fasciculata

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Phonetic Spelling
saj-ee-TAR-ee-uh fas-sik-yoo-LAY-tah
Description

Sagittaria fasciculata is a small herbaceous plant that grows in wetlands. It’s the only member of the Sagittaria genus that doesn’t have arrowhead-shaped leaves. It grows about 15 inches tall and blooms mid-May through July.  This plant produces edible tubers that were heavily collected by the native Americans as a food source. Submerged leaves are long and narrow, round in cross-section. Emerging leaves are flat, broadly ovate or lanceolate.

Endangered.  Sagittaria fasciculata is only known to be found in Henderson and Buncombe counties in North Carolina plus Greenville and Laurens counties in South Carolina. The seepage habitat in which Sagittaria fasciculata occurs is extremely threatened, and remaining Sagittaria fasciculata populations are threatened by residential and industrial development, conversion to pasture, and invasive exotic species.

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Tags:
#water plant#endangered#edible roots#wildflower garden
 
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Tags:
#water plant#endangered#edible roots#wildflower garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sagittaria
    Species:
    fasciculata
    Family:
    Alismataceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Distribution:
    Henderson and Buncombe counties in North Carolina plus Greenville and Laurens counties in South Carolina
    Edibility:
    Edible
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Water Plant
    Wildflower
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Description:
    White flowers with yellow center
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Emergent leaves are broad and tapered at the tip
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Slope/Bank
    Woodland