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Duck Potato Sagittaria latifolia

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
saj-ee-TAR-ee-uh lat-ih-FOE-lee-ah
Description

Primarily used as a marginal or bog plant. This plant produces starchy tubers that were used extensively by the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Can become invasive.

Habitat: Var. latifolia: marshes, swamps, farm ponds, ditches, bogs; var. pubescens: bogs, marshes

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#invasive#water plant#edible roots#food source summer#food source fall#Coastal OBL#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#Piedmont Mountains OBL#food source tubers#bird friendly#food source hard-mast fruit#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#invasive#water plant#edible roots#food source summer#food source fall#Coastal OBL#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#Piedmont Mountains OBL#food source tubers#bird friendly#food source hard-mast fruit#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sagittaria
    Species:
    latifolia
    Family:
    Alismataceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southern Canada, most of the contiguous US and Mexico
    Distribution:
    AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , HI , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY Canada: NB , NL , NS , ON , PE
    Wildlife Value:
    Underground tubers are preferred by at least fifteen species of ducks and by snapping turtles.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Can be invasive
    Edibility:
    Edible
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 8 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 8 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Water Plant
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    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 Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit displays from August to November.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Saucer
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Description:
    Three petaled white flower with yellow centers produced in whorls of 3 from June to October.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Other/more complex
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    24 to 32 in. lanceolate to arrow shaped leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Pond
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Water Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Pollinators
    Songbirds