By: Amy Grant
If you live in the Eastern United States, you may befamiliar with golden club water plants, but everyone else might be wondering“what is golden club”? The following golden club plant info contains all youneed to know about golden club flowers.
Golden club (Orontium aquaticum) is a native herbaceousperennialin the family Arum (Araceae). This common emergentplant can be found growing in streams, swamps, and ponds.
Golden club water plants grow from a vertical rhizomethat has thick roots which expand and contract. These contracting roots drawthe rhizome deeper into the soil.
The dark green, erect, strap-like leaves of this water plantfloat atop the surface of the water. The foliage has a waxy texture that repelswater. Golden club flowers are long and cylindrical with an inflorescenceof tiny yellow flowers and born off a white, fleshy stalk.
The bag-like fruit contains a single seed surrounded bymucus.
If you have taken a liking to these plants, perhaps you’dlike to try growing golden club yourself. They make an interesting addition toa landscape water feature and can also be eaten.
Golden club is winter hardy to USDA zones 5-10. They caneasily be started from seed Sow the seed in the early summer.
Grow in containers that have been submerged 6-18 inches(15-46 cm.) in a watergarden or grow the plant in the mud of shallow areas of a pond. Although itwill tolerate part shade, golden club should be grown in full sun exposure forthe brightest leaf color.
These water plants can actually be eaten; however, cautionshould be taken, as the entirety of the plant is poisonous. The toxicity is theresult of calcium oxalate crystals and can be delivered either throughingestion or contact with skin (dermatitis).
This may cause burning or swelling of the lips, tongue andthroat as well as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Contact with the sap may onlycause skin irritation. The toxicity is very low if eaten and skin irritation isusually minor.
Both the roots and seeds of golden club water plants can beeaten and are harvested in the spring. The roots should be scrubbed and seedssoaked with warm water to remove any debris. Boil roots for at least 30minutes, changing the water several times during boiling. Serve them withbutter or a squeeze of fresh lemon.
The seeds can be dried just as you would dry peas or beans.To eat them, boil for at least 45 minutes, changing the water multiple timesand then serve them as you would peas.
Disclaimer: The contents of this article is foreducational and gardening purposes only. Before using or ingesting ANY herb orplant for medicinal purposes or otherwise, please consult a physician, medicalherbalist or other suitable professional for advice.
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