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It is not hard to see why this plant is called arrowhead! One look at those pointed leaves is surely enough to work that one out. The leaves are big and bold and often seen but the smaller flowers come in July and August. The flowers are white but have a distinctive dark, purple centre.

Arrowhead occurs in still, or very slow moving, fresh water so it can be found in ponds and along the edges of slow moving rivers such as the River Stour.


Common Name Arrowhead
Scientific Name Sagittaria sagittifolia
Species Group Aquatic Plants
Interest Level
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Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Water-plantain family - Alismataceae
Status Occasional
Flower Colour Group White
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
Preferred Environment
Look for Three petalled flower with a dark centre and large pointed leaves
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Notebook Distribution Map Sites List Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

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Aquatic Plants