Arrowheads on the Trail

Common or Broad-leaf Arrowhead is named for the shape of its leaves. The leaves of plants growing in shallow water, such as here, are much broader than those of those growing in deeper water. The starchy tubers known as “duck potatoes” are eaten by ducks and Muskrats, and provided food for Indigenous peoples. The Cree called it wāpatowa, which translates to “white mushroom.”

Shallow ponds like this one often are dry in summer but swell in spring, providing egg-laying sites for amphibians such as Blue-spotted and Spotted salamanders, and Wood Frogs.