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Peltandra virginica

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Bulbs

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: high

Soil Moisture: wet

Soil Description: acid, rich, average, loam, sand

Height: 2'-3'

Bloom Time: April, May, June, July

Bloom Color: green

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Additional Tags: attracts birds, bog plant, clumping, colonizing, emergent, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, salt tolerant, stream margin plant, swamp plant, water garden plant, wetland plant

Foliage of Peltandra virginica (arrow arum)
  • Foliage of Peltandra virginica (arrow arum)
  • Foliage of Peltandra virginica (arrow arum)
  • Foliage of Peltandra virginica (arrow arum)

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Description

Peltandra virginica

Also known as:

green arrow arum

,

arrow arum

,

tuckahoe

Scientific Synonyms:

Peltandra tharpii

Description

Peltandra virginica is an aquatic, 3' tall, clump forming, statuesque species. It produces large, wavy, glossy arrow-like leaves. The flowers are in the form of a yellowish spadix, and give way to greenish berries that turn black as they mature or fall in the water. It grows from bulbs that are covered with thick fibrous roots.

Cultivation

Green arrow arum is an emergent species that requires a consistently wet environment to thrive. It can withstand permanent submersion in up to 18" of water, and is tolerant of low levels of salt and slightly brackish waters. It is slow to spread and non-aggressive. The thick roots are 10" under the soil and provide good erosion control and soil stabilization. It is best used in a sunny location, though established plants can tolerate part shade. Bloom times are from April to July. Zones 4-10

Propagation

Propagate from seed in a water saturated medium. Clumps are deeply rooted, but once dug out can easily be divided.

Additional Notes

In addition to the erosion control provided by the root system, the sturdy dense leaves also help by dampening wave action. The seeds are favored by wood ducks and muskrats.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Arecidae
Order Arales
Family Araceae Arum family
Genus Peltandra arrow arum
Species Peltandra virginica green arrow arum