Sagittaria latifolia- Duck Potato

Sagittaria latifolia- Duck Potato

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It does best in USDA landscape zones 5-10. With regard to the edible tubers produced by the plant, they tend to be quite thin and white or purple in color.

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Latifolia An Introduction to Sagittaria Latifolia

Sagittaria latifolia- Duck Potato, also commonly referred to as Wapato, Indian potato, broadleaf arrowhead, or the duck potato, is a unique perennial plant usually found in shallow marshes, wetlands, and on stream and river banks. One of the most notable attributes of the plant is that it possesses an edible and very healthy tuber portion that was once a familiar food source of early indigenous people that lived in the American continents

Getting to Know Sagittaria

A Detailed Look at Sagittaria latifolia- Duck Potato has a full-size spectrum, with its immediate environment playing a massive role in how the plant develops. Remarkably, the plant can grow up to 66 feet or 20 meters in length. If the conditions are right, colonies of Sagittaria Latifolia can expand across vast swathes of land. It does best in USDA landscape zones 5-10. About the edible tubers produced by the plant, they tend to be quite thin and white or purple. The tubers can grow up to a 3.5 feet or 1 meter long. The plant itself is usually green in color, possessing small white and yellow flowers that bloom in early spring to late summer. The leaves of Sagittaria Latifolia are generally multi-shaped, ranging in width from 1-2 centimeters all the way to several inches across. The leaves can be long and thin or quite broad and wedge-shaped.

The Cultivation of Sagittaria Latifolia

Growing Sagittaria latifolia- Duck Potato can is relatively straightforward. However, you need access to 5-10 inches of standing water with little or no current. When planting Sagittaria Latifolia, the thin tubers need to be spread apart, as it is not recommended that you attempt to grow more than a dozen plants within a square meter growing area. The plant should seed during the end of May. Upon inserting the tubers into the proper growing environment, you should then fertilize them with manure that has been decomposed.

Sagittaria latifolia- Duck Potato