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- The plant inhabits the USDA Hardiness Zones 5, 6, 7, and 8. Arrow arum is a part of the herb family and is perennial.
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Peltandra Virginica- Arrow Arum
Peltandra virginica is also known as arrow arum, bog arum, and Tuckahoe. It gets its name “arrow arum” from the fact that its glossy green leaves are arrowhead-shaped. It almost has a tropical appearance. The roots are thick and robust, and the plant tends to grow in clusters. The stems are tall and produce little green-yellow and green-white flowers from April to June that is protected by a leaf-like growth from the base of the flower cluster. This growth is referred to as a spade because it looks like a pointy trowel or shovel. Each flower cluster contains male, female and sterile varieties. The flowers eventually transform into small brown fruit that spread through the water to propagate more arrow arum plants. The leaves can grow up to 12 inches long, and the stems grow to an average of 24 inches high. The leaf-like growths that protect the plant's flowers average a length of 8 inches long. This plant grows best in bogs, marshes, ditches and near slow-moving creeks. It's the primary habitat in the United States ranges from Maine to Minnesota and has been spotted in parts of Texas, all the way to Florida. It commonly grows along the Atlantic coastal plain. However, some colonies have been successfully transplanted in parts of California and Oregon. It also grows in parts of Canada. The plant inhabits the USDA Hardiness Zones 5, 6, 7, and 8. Arrow arum is a part of the herb family and is perennial. It flourishes in full sun and partial shade but can also survive in full shade. Deer and geese do not like to eat the plant, but it provides food and shelter to fish, amphibians, insects, rodents and water birds. The Native Americans also used to feed the cooked seeds and grind the roots into flour for bread. Though it grows best in clusters, it is not as invasive or fast growing as some of its brothers.