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The Grassy Arrowhead is an aquatic plant species native to eastern North America. It grows in marshes and on the banks of rivers and lakes.  In Florida, it is considered a native plant and found throughout most of the state.

It is a perennial that can grow to a height of 3 feet.  It has basal grass-like leaves that average 4-10 inches long and are sometimes submerged.  

The flower stem has a spike-like cluster of white flowers near the top.  The 3-petaled flowers are about 5/8-inch wide.  The flowers bloom year round.  Male and female flowers are borne separately on the same stalk.  The lower female flowers bloom first, followed by the upper male flowers. The flowers bloom from summer through fall.  The flowers are attractive to insects, such as Honey Bees, as can be seen in the lower right photo.

The photos on this page were taken in Deep Creek along Sandhill Blvd in Charlotte County.

The distribution maps for the Grassy Arrowhead are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).