Sagittaria lancifolia

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Duck Potato, Lance-leaved Arrowhead, Bulltongue Arrowhead


Plant Specifics

Size:3-5 ft tall by 1-3 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Grow as an emergent along pond or lake edges or in aquatic gardens.
Propagation:Seed. Division of clumps.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Aquatic (always flooded) ----- to ----- Stays Wet)
Moisture Tolerance: Aquatic (always flooded) ----- to ----- Stays Wet
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Pond, lake, or stream bottom, Organic material (muck)
Soil pH:



Birds and other wildlife eat the fruit. 


Flowers attract pollinators.

Native Habitats:Marshes, wetter portions of wet prairies, swamps, roadside ditches with marsh-like character.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Tubers were were an important food crop for native Americans.