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Pocosin Lakes Refuge – A Plant With a Most Unusual Name

Bulltongue Duck Potato (Sagittaria lancifolia) is a native perennial wetland wildflower that occurs on local national wildlife refuges. It is in bloom right now. The flowers attract a wide variety of bees and butterflies. The roots are tubers that Native Americans used as food. Beavers and muskrats eat the roots. The plants may be observed along the Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Columbia. Flower shown with Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes) butterfly.