Peltandra sagittifolia

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Spoonflower, White Arrow Arum


Plant Specifics

Size: ft
Life Span:Annual
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Use in a water garden.
Considerations:All part of the plant are toxic.
Light: Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Aquatic ----- to ----- Stays Wet)
Moisture Tolerance: Aquatic ----- to ----- Stays Wet
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Pollinated by a chloropid fly through providing a brood site and releasing the pollen onto them.

Native Habitats:Wet sites. Basin marsh, baygall, hydric hammock, floodplain forest, seepage stream (banks).

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Toxic if eaten due to a high concentration of oxalic acid.
General Comments:Don't confuse this native with its invasive relatives: taro (Colocasia esculenta) and malanga (Xanthosoma sagittifolium), which have been widely planted as crops in Florida.