Bulltongue arrowhead, lance-leaved arrowhead
Sagittaria lancifolia
Alismataceae


Landscape Uses:

Water gardens and along pond and lake edges.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Native plant nurseries.
Description:
Medium herbaceous wildflower.
Height:
Typically 2-3 feet in height. Usually taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Eastern and southeastern United States west to Texas and Oklahoma and south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and northern South America. Very rare or extirpated in the Monroe County Keys where collected once on Big Pine Key in 1951.
Habitats:
Swamps and marshes.
Soils:
Wet, poorly-drained organic soils.
Nutritional Requirements:
High; requires rich organic soils for optimal growth.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
White and yellow.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
Spring-fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous achene.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Provides food for birds.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed and division.
Comments:
See a 2019 post on the Treasure Coast Natives blog on aquatic emergent plants, including bulltongue arrowhead.


George D. Gann, 2018
In habitat, Lake Ida Parcel, Florida
Kristen Finch, 2013
In cultivation, Palm Beach County, Florida
Roger L. Hammer
James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Keith A. Bradley