This plant’s stems tipped in distinctive arrowhead-shaped leaves rise out of shallow water on the edges of rivers, backwaters, and ponds. Leaf shapes are highly variable with some plants having broad, heart- or arrowhead-shaped leaves and others having much narrower leaves. The flowers have three white petals and occur in whorls of 2-15, with three being average. It is often found in colonies, some of which can be extensive.

The arrowhead’s rhizomes end in a starchy, edible tuber used by both wildlife and historically by Native Americans. Snapping turtles, beavers, muskrats, and up to 15 species of ducks nation-wide feed on the arrowhead tubers, especially during migration.

Fascinating Facts

Other names for arrowhead include "wapato" or "duck potato."

The white flowers and arrowhead-shaped leaf makes arrrowhead plants easy to identify.

Arrowhead (broad-leafed)
Sagittaria latifolia

Blooms: Summer through early fall.

Find It
Look for this plant in shallow water areas of Fort Snelling State Park.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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