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 griffithii has the largest inflorescence of the genus. The striking, deep maroon, striped spathe curls over the spadix, concealing it. Two large, wrinkled leaves form an umbrella high over the spathe.
||Late spring to early summer|
||sun or part shade|
||moist, well drained soil|
||20 - 60 cm|