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Peltandra virginica

arrow arum or tuckahoe

Makes large colonies in and around shallow waterways
Colonies of plants help with wave deflecting and buffering barrier
Deer + goose resistant
Wetland Indicator Status: OBL

Peltandra virginica, Arrow arum, grows in still or slow moving waters of ponds, swamps, marshes, and banks of streams. The remarkable broad arrow headed leaves with wavy margins reach 2-4' tall in full sun to shade. Unassuming yet unique yellow flowers of arrow arum form a slender spadix inside a hooded spathe blooming May-July. - Kind Earth Growers

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2-4 Feet


1-3 Feet

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

arrow arum Interesting Notes

Arrow arum tolerates a wide range of pH (3.0-9.5) and salinity up to 2 ppt. -USDA

Did you know...? Arrow arum fruit is a preferred food of wood ducks, and is also eaten by muskrats and rails. The foliage is seldom damaged, providing good cover to waterfowl, wading birds, insects, and aquatic mammals.

Peltandra virginica Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in full sun to part shade but can tolerate heavy shade. Requires moist to wet soils. Plants spread by rhizome and by seed. Does not aggressively colonize in a water garden the way many aquatic plants do.

Use in habitat restoration, water garden, rain garden, bog, or pond area. 

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Open pollinated