This plant is present in New Zealand, but in limited distribution.
Other common names
Sagittaria, Californian arrowhead
Sagittaria andina, Sagittaria multinervia, Sagittaria pugioniformis var. montevidensis
Arrowhead is a perennial aquatic herb that grows in static or slow-moving shallow fresh water, such as drains and pond margins. It has a thick rootstock without creeping stems (unlike other sagittarias). Its large glossy arrow-shaped leaves are carried on stalks of up to 1 m above the water. Its flowers are composed of three large white petals with a purple blotch at the base.
Arrowhead is an invasive weed with the potential to block waterways.
What to do
Contact your regional council to determine the status of this species and responsibility for control and/or advice on control.
Page last updated: 22 April 2016