Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Arisaema griffithii

We have added a number of Arisaema over the last few years. These Jack in the Pulpits are all similar in form, but so different in actuality. This one has very large glossy green leaves, (probably at least 2 feet across) and 'pulpits' that are white and green striped with dusky black on the insides. It would be an understatement to say that people notice this one. Despite being in a bed with some large hostas, a variegated boxwood and some other shrubs, this is what people notice. Although the spathes are not long lasting (on any of the arisaemas) the leaves will last all summer. Grow in shade in woodsy soil and be sure they have enough moisture, though soggy soil will not make them happy. In a dry year, some in this family will just decide to wait it out and not come back until the next year. They don't seem to have any pests, either insect, mammalian or otherwise.

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