National Geographic : 1988 Apr
N.1.- southern Appalachians it is called queen of the meadow. Floating duckweed, from a family containing the smallest of flowering plants, trails its root in water to absorb nutrients. Deer feed on pickerelweed, named for the fish cruising at right. The common cattail was Wildflowers Across America a supermarket for Indians and colonists. Young shoots were eaten like asparagus; flower spikes were served a la corn on the cob; root sprouts were served as salad; the root itself was ground into meal. A marauder from Europe, purple loosestrife flourishes aggressively to crowd native plants. A nearby red maple sapling seems to hold its own. To feast on the starchy tubers of the arrowhead, ducks plunge into the mud to find "duck potatoes." Flowers of a water lily, as much as six inches wide, remain open for several days. 507 - ^ '^.