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Duck Potato, Indian Potato, or Wapato
Alismataceae – Water-plantain family
Arrowhead is a small aquatic plant with three petal white flowers arranged in whorls of three. The leaves are varied from broadly arrowhead shaped, to lance shaped or even grass shaped. In Michigan I most often find the broad arrowhead shaped variety.
At waterline, or rising up to 3 ft above waterline
Varied from broadly arrowhead shaped, to lance shaped or even grass shaped
Erect stems sometimes below water line
Fibrous with enlarged 1 - 2 inch potato-like tubers
Late spring to early summer
3 greenish sepals, 3 white, or pink-tinged, roundish petals arranged in whorls of three. 6 or more stamens and multiple pistils; stamens and pistils may occur in separate flowers.
Aquatic, growing in shallow water of pond edges, and slow moving streams
Tubers - Autumn through early spring
Wild Food Uses:
The tubers can be gathered in large quantities by freeing them from the mud with a hoe or rake. Once free, they float to the surface of the water. Native Americans freed them by raking through the mud with their bare feet. While they are slightly bitter when eaten raw, they are delicious when cooked. Prepare them in any manner you would a potato.
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