Peltandra sagittifolia

spoonflower, white arrow arum


Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: annual
Flower Color: flower color      white
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Use in a water garden.
Considerations: All part of the plant are toxic.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, organic material (muck)
Soil pH Range: Acidic


Native Habitats: Wet sites. Basin marsh, baygall, hydric hammock, floodplain forest, seepage stream (banks).

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Toxic if eaten due to a high concentration of oxalic acid.

Other Comments:

Don't confuse this native with its invasive relatives: taro (Colocasia esculenta) and malanga (Xanthosoma sagittifolium), which have been widely planted as crops in Florida.