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Arisaema atrorubens

Dragon arum

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsApril & September
  • Height0.2m to 0.65m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.2m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourStripped purple
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Arisaema atrorubens (Dragon arum). This is a perennial stalked clump, the leaves are palmately-lobed with oblong-ovate leaflets. The flowers are spathes which are stripped purple.

Characteristics

Perennial, Bulb, Fragrant

Other common names

Dragon root

Origin

E. USA

Interest and use

Grown for the large, curious, hooded spathes, each enclosing a pencil-shaped spandex.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

You can plant the tubers in the winter or spring. When grown indoors grow in a clay loamy soil, Outdoors grow in moist well-drained humus-rich soil.

Propagation

Sow the seeds in a cold frame in the autumn of the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for vine weevils and slugs.

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