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Sagittaria australis 'Benni'

Sagittaria australis 'Benni'
silk stockings; Appalachian arrowhead
Sagittaria australis 'Benni'

Common name silk stockings; Appalachian arrowhead
Family alismataceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-10)
Flowers white (summer)
Size 18"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes wet soil
From seed has self-seeded in our pond

The main attraction of this pond-edge perennial is the purple-tinged arrow-shaped foliage. The flowers are nice too, but they only appear for a short period in mid-summer. We got our plant years ago – I'm not sure if our current plant is the same one, or offspring from seed dispersed in late summer. Many a year, I've thought that the plant was lost, since it returns so late from its cold-season sleep. In fact, in the photo at top left, it returned in a pot I had already put to other use, to house seedlings of Symphyotrichum that I had grown that year.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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