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PlantFiles: Dwarf Arrowhead
Sagittaria subulata

Family: Alismataceae
Genus: Sagittaria (saj-ee-TAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: subulata (sub-yoo-LAH-tuh) (Info)

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Ponds and Aquatics

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
Plant is viviparous

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tashmoore On Oct 24, 2008, tashmoore from Fort George G Meade, MD wrote:

cute little grassy looking plant. my cories like to hide under the leaves. Mine grows very fast in sand (crushed marble) with new runners all the time. I don't fertilize it and I have about 1.7 watts/gal with some afternoon sunlight. No CO2 added. Easy and small. Good if you want to try an aquatic plant for the first time.

Positive standinntherain On Nov 6, 2007, standinntherain from Liberty, WV (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is actually an aquatic plant, used in fish tanks! I grow mine in a fish bowl by itself, and it makes a lovely focal point. The plants shoot out runners quickly and form a beautiful carpet that's grass like in appearance. It grows about 8 inches tall, depending on the lighting conditions, some say with high light it can get 16inches. It does do better with iron fertilizer in the substrate, and will tolerate brackish conditions. Us aquatic plant geeks just call it Dwarf Sagittaria, or Narrow Leaf Sag. but on a USDA site it lists Sagittaria subulata as awl-leaf arrowhead. Who knew. =) Mine will shoot up neat little white blooms above the surface of water, which is always a nice surprise!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fort George G Meade, Maryland
Halifax, Massachusetts
Liberty, West Virginia

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