Sagittaria latifolia
broadleaf arrowhead

Sagittaria latifolia
Sagittaria latifolia
Photo Courtesy Jane Morton Galetto
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Sagittaria latifolia
Common name: broadleaf arrowhead
Group: monocot
Family: Alismataceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: to 4'
Foliage: 4 to 12" sagittate leaves
Flower: white, 3 petalled, 3/4" across
Flowering time: July to September
Habitat: shallow water, edges of stream
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc.: This plant has wildlife value it is food and cover for aquatic animal life. The seeds and tubers are eaten by waterfowl, songbirds, wading birds, muskrat and beaver.
The tubers are edible and traditionally the plant has been used medicinally to treat indigestion and fever.