I have lots of mice in my garden – tiny, beautiful, sweet mice, covered by green, arrowhead shaped leaves and they are one of my favourite plants at this time of year. Plants?! Yes, plants – mouse plants, or if you want it in Latin; Arisarum proboscideum.
The gorgeous green leaves form a low, spreading carpet beginning in late winter. It would be a pretty plant even without flowers, but it is the strange flowers that lend it its name. Maroon and white flowers with tail-like tips hide under the leaves, resembling the back ends of mice. If you have the choice you might want to consider planting them in a raised bed or in large pots so you get a better view of it’s strange little flowers. When you have an established clump the plant is easily divided for you and your friends. Great conversation plant, for both the young and the old – and so photogenic up-close. Grow in partial shade, great under a tree.
By July they are all gone, but if you grow them in pots just stick the pots in between your other plants, out of baking sun and keep them watered over the summer and autumn. Late winter next year the leaves will appear again and soon the mice are back :-) A highly recommendable plant.
Hardy (H5) -15°C.