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Latin Name- Asarum Arifolium Hardy Planting Zones- 2-9 Sun or Shade – Partial to Full Shade Mature Height - 6-8" Mature Width- 6-15"

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Arrow Arum - Peltandra virginica

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The Arrow Arum is a perennial wildflower native to the United States. Previously, the roots of this plant were ground by Native Americans to make flour, though a careful drying process has to be administered to neutralize some harmful effects caused by some crystals in the plant. Although it may be a wildflower, this plant is bright green, only flowering for a short blooming period of 2-3 weeks each year. The Arrow Arum is known and named for its large arrow-shaped leaves that can be up to 18 inches long, fully matured. The leaves form in a basal pattern, meaning the leaves only grow at the base of the plant, giving it a bush-like appearance. The plant's blooming period typically occurs somewhere between April and July, precisely when the rest of nature is coming to life. During this process, a flower spike grows upward containing tiny flowers that can be white or pale yellow. Upon pollination, the flowers then form little brown fruits that are about a half inch in size, containing a few seeds each. These seeds are a food source for some small animals, popularly the ducks and mallards. A mature Arrow Arum will stand up to 3 feet tall in its entirety. You will see these plants thriving naturally in wetlands such as bogs and marshes, primarily across the Midwest, east coast and California.
Additionally, they are being used by gardeners and landscapers to beautifully line creeks and shallow ponds or in bog gardens since the soil needs to be continuously saturated with water. Instead of just having high grass and weeds to decorated these areas, people are finding the flowering succulent to be much more comfortable on the eyes. The plants need full sun but can tolerate partial shade, which makes these locations almost effortless to maintain.

Arrow Arum is a widely distributed wetland plant in the Eastern US and parts of Canada. It can also be found in central Florida along the Gulf Coast and in the Everglades. It is tolerant of low oxygen levels. It is often considered an invasive plant in some places in North America. The leaves are quite variable in size but shaped like an arrowhead. It has green and yellow flowers. Larvae often feed on the rotting spadix on this plant.