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Arisaema tortuosum

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Features

  • BloomsMay to June
  • Height1m to 1.5m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourPurple green
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Arisaema tortuosum. This species of tuberous perennial has 2 or 3 pedate leaves which are divided into 5-17 elliptic leaflets. In the spring or early summer a hooded green spathe is produced.

Characteristics

Perennial, Bulb, Fragrant

Origin

Himalayas

Interest and use

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

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilLight, Medium
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are fully to half hardy and will need sun or partial shade and humus-rich soil. You will need to plant the tubers about 15cm deep in the spring.

Propagation

Propagation is by seeds in the autumn or spring, or by offsets in the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Vulnerable to slugs and vine weevils.

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