|Katniss - Broad-leaved Arrowhead - Duck Potato|
|Broad-leaved Sagittaria in bloom in Tuckahoe Park, Arlington, VA with its 3 white petals in whorls of 3.|
Here's a short video on this wetland plant:
Other tribes used it medicinally: the Cherokee used the leaves as an infusion to treat fevers, the Chippewa for indigestion, the Iroquois for treating boils, rheumatism, and as a laxative, and the Potawatomi for wounds and sores. Civil War doctor Francis Porcher's so-called "Confederate Ethnobotany" also mentions edible and medicinal uses to consider during war time.
Arrowhead is also the host plant (food) for 5 different caterpillar species. The name name Duck Potato refers to its favored status in attracting ducks, something the Potawatomi tribe reported as part of their hunting tradition (though they prefer the seeds over the tuberous roots in most cases). With the popularity of the books and movies, I thought people might want to know a bit more about why the main character, a forager and hunter living a life of subsistence in a poor community, would be named for this once very valuable plant.
|Arrowhead in bloom. The male flowers have yellow stamens while the female have bulbous green centers.|