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Wappato
Sagittaria latifolia
  
About Wappato (Sagittaria latifolia) 2 Nurseries Carry This Plant Sagittaria latifolia is a plant found in shallow wetlands and is sometimes known as broadleaf arrowhead, duck potato, Indian potato, or wapato. This plant produces edible tubers that were extensively used by the Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Broadleaf arrowhead is a variable-sized (0.2 to 1 meter) perennial growing in colonies that can cover large amounts of ground. The roots are white and thin, producing white tubers covered with a purplish skin a good distance (0.3 to 1 meter long, 0.15 to 0.6 meter deep) from the mother plant.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Size
Size
0.7 - 4.9 ft tall

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Nurseries
Nurseries

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers loamy or clay soils. Grows poorly in sandy soils.

Common uses
Common uses
Bogs and Ponds

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6*, 7*, 8*, 9*, 10, 11, 12, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Ponds, slow streams, ditches

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 5.2" - 71.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.18" - 2.48", Coldest Month: 30.0" - 52.0", Hottest Month: 55.0" - 79.5", Humidity: 0.02" - 29.45", Elevation: -7" - 7310"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Broadleaf Arrowhead, Duck Potato, Indian Potato, Tule Potato, Wapato


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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