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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Root - raw or cooked[1][2]. Excellent when roasted, the texture is somewhat like potatoes with a taste like sweet chestnuts[3][4][5][6][7]. The tubers can be eaten raw but they are rather bitter (especially the skin)[3][8][6]. It is best to remove this skin after the tubers have been cooked[9]. The tubers can also be dried and ground into a powder, this powder can be used as a gruel or mixed with cereal flours and used to make bread[3][5]. The N. American Indians would slice the boiled roots into thin sections and then string them on ropes to dry in much the same way as apples[9].The egg-shaped tubers are 4 - 5cm long and are borne on the ends of slender roots, often 30cm deep in the soil and some distance from the parent plant[3][4][5]. The tubers are best harvested in the late summer as the leaves die down[4][10]. They cannot be harvested by pulling out the plant since the tops break off easily, leaving the tubers in the ground[11].

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Sagittaria latifolia.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

A poultice of the leaves has been used to stop milk production[12]. A tea made from the roots is used as a digestive[12][13]. A poultice of the roots is used in the treatment of wounds and sores[12][13].

Unknown part

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a pot standing in about 5cm of water. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and gradually increase the depth of water as the plants grow until it is about 5cm above the top of the pot. Plant out in late spring or early summer of the following year.

Division of the tubers in spring or autumn. Easy.

Runners potted up at any time in the growing season.

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Cultivation

A pond or bog garden plant, it requires a moist or wet loamy soil in a sunny position[14]. Prefers shallow, still or slowly flowing water up to 12cm deep[14][15].

Hardy to at least -20°c[16].

A polymorphic species[4].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Sagittaria latifolia.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Sagittaria latifolia
Genus
Sagittaria
Family
Alismataceae
Imported References
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
7
Heat Zone
?
Water
aquatic
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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