Soil: Hydric (Wet). Emergent.
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 1-4 feet
Blooms: July – September
Suggested Uses: Common Arrowhead is a great species for wet areas including wetlands and sheltered edges of lakes. It is an emergent; it typically grows in standing water with its roots in the bottom of the wetland.
Native Range: Native to wetlands throughout the majority of the U.S. including Minnesota.
Pollinators/Habitat: Pollinated by bees, butterflies and beneficial flies. Many types of waterfowl, mammals and reptiles eat the tubers, including ducks and turtles.
Flowers: The 2/3″ flowers have white 3 petals, 3 sepals and 7-10 bright yellow stamens. The flowers are spaced out, in sets of 3, on one vertical stem.
Leaves: The 4-16″ leaves are shaped like arrowheads and either stand up above the water, or lie flat on the surface. They have prominent veins.
Food Uses: The tubers, Hiŋháŋ tȟaháŋpi, are a component of Lakota diet. Read more from Linda Black Elk and Wilbur Flying By Sr. here.
Other Names: Arrowhead, Indian Potato, Duck Potato, Wapato
More information: USDA plant profile