Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Bulbs
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: high
Soil Moisture: wet
Soil Description: acid, rich, average, loam, sand
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
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Peltandra virginicaAlso known as:
green arrow arum,
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.
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
Propagate from seed in a water saturated medium. Clumps are deeply rooted, but once dug out can easily be divided.
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
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
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