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Common Arrowhead

March 1, 2016

(Sagittaria latifolia) also known as duck potato is a perennial herb that is a very common shoreline plant. As its name implies, leaves are shaped like an arrowhead. The leaves vary greatly in size and shape. Common arrowhead produces small white flowers made up of three rounded petals. Ecologically, duck potato is considered one of the highest valued aquatic plants for wildlife. The high-energy tubers and seeds are relished by a variety of wildlife, including several species of waterfowl. Arrowhead stands provide rearing habitat for fish and help aid in shoreline stabilization.