Chinese Arrowhead (Sagittaria graminea)

Annual/Perennial
S. sinensis. Sims.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Chinese Arrowhead
Sagittaria graminea
Alismataceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Root – cooked. Contains 4 – 7% protein[183].

    Young shoots – cooked[183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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.
A pond or bog garden plant, it requires a moist or wet loamy soil in a sunny position[1, 200]. Prefers shallow, still or slowly flowing water up to 30 – 60cm deep. The edible roots are commonly found in Chinese markets[183]. There is some confusion over this name. The report that this plant is edible gives the name as S. sinensis and its range as Asia. However, the RHS Dictionary of Gardening says that S. sinensis is a synonym of S. graminea and that its range is Eastern N. America.
Eastern N. America – Newfoundland to Ontario, south to Texas and Florida.

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