Friday, July 4, 2014

I'm Looking For Sagittaria Latifolia and Other Edible Pond Plants

This is what duck potato plants look like. Photo credit.
Forget political independence: I want some food independence and I think ponds are probably a key part of that equation. No watering and high production.

That said, does anyone have a lead on where I can get some good duck potato plants, AKA Sagittaria Latifolia, AKA arrowhead?

I've got multiple folks asking about it and I'd really like to plop some in my pond and start spreading it around.

I picked up another Sagittaria a few months ago from some friends, only to find it isn't the type that makes roots.

Shucks. I need some!

Beyond that, if anyone has other good edible pond plants, let me know. I'll buy seeds, roots, plants, etc. I'd like to get my aquatic plant operation going.

I currently have water celery, pickerel weed, azolla and of course, water chestnuts.

E-mail me on the sidebar or drop me a note in the comments if you have a source for other tasty aquatic plants!

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At July 5, 2014 at 4:24 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Apparently it's useful for increasing concentration, like ginseng except not as stimulating... and it's a cousin to "root beer" plant and black pepper. Some useful species in that family. I don't know how it would grow here, though, since I think it's a total tropical.

At July 6, 2014 at 8:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello David, I have some of these plants here in Illinois growing wild on my property and was contemplating starting a bog garden around my house to hold the arrowheads and sweet flag. Let me know if you would like to have some shipped to you. My contact info is Check out the sweet flag as well. A very interesting and aromatic plant(when leaves are cut) that does well in moist/wet conditions. I have a very large concentration of these plants and would also be willing to dig some tubers up for you. Happy thoughts, Robert.

At July 7, 2014 at 9:34 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

That's wonderful - thank you! I'll send you an e-mail.

At July 17, 2014 at 3:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

For anyone else interested in Arrowhead, carries seeds (and lots of other cool stuff) This certainly does seem like a winner for a water garden.


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