Arisaema speciosum var. magnificum
You love them or hate them. We love them. The Arisaemas, also known as cobra lilies, are distinguished by their hooded spathes, often with a long 'tail' at the tip, along which pollenating insects crawl. They have an interesting sex life. Young plants (they grow from tubers) are male, but when mature they become female, and then have most impressive spikes of red or orange fruits in autumn. If they are starved, they can become male again. They should be mulched in winter to retain a little moisture, or they can be grown in pots, which are sunk in sand or soil.
Arisaema speciosum var. magnificum is a most striking plant, with three broad leaves atop a smooth stem, light brown mottled with pale lime green. The spathe is deep maroon in colour, with many thin white strips, and from the tip of the hood there is an extremely long, slender thread, up w
||Late spring to early summer|
||moist, well drained soil|
||20 - 60 cm|