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Peltandra virginica (Green Arrow Arum)

Tuckahoe, Green Arrow Arum, Arrow Arum, Green Arum, Peltandra tharpii


Peltandra virginica (Green Arrow Arum) an aquatic perennial forming clumps of long-stalked, arrow-shaped, glossy, dark green leaves, 10 in. long (25 cm) on stems rising to 24 in. tall (60 cm). In mid spring to early summer, tiny greenish-yellow flowers appear on finger-like spadices, 3-6 in. long (7-15 cm). Each spadix is enveloped by a pointed, leaf-like, greenish-white spathe to 8 in. long (20 cm) and borne atop a statuesque stalk. The blossoms give way to blackish berries that attract wood ducks and king rails. Native to North America, Green Arrow Arum occurs naturally in wet areas including swamps, bogs, sloughs, marshes, ditches and pond-lake-river margins. It can be frozen in the pond over winter. A strong grower, Green Arrow Arum is a lovely foliage plant for ponds, water or bog gardens. 

  • Grows up to 18-24 in. tall and wide (45-60 cm). Slowly spreads, but does not aggressively colonize in a water garden the way many aquatic plants do.
  • Thrives in full sun to part shade in wet soil or in standing water no deeper than 6 in. (15 cm). Tolerates heavy shade. This plant may also be grown in consistently moist boggy soils.
  • Generally pest and disease free.
  • Propagate by seed or division.
  • Native to eastern and central North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Plant Type Aquatic Plants, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Ponds and Streams, Rain Gardens, Water Gardens

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Plant Type Aquatic Plants, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Ponds and Streams, Rain Gardens, Water Gardens

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