Arisaema, a group of favorites

Arisaema triphyllum

When I first introduced Arisaema triphyllum to the woodland’s edge, I had visions of it forming a colony of Jack-in-the-Pulpits. That was in 2010 and there is still only one.

A. taiwanese

Frustrated by its recalcitrant ways, I added A. taiwanese from my first visit to Xera in 2013. Already it has gone from one to two blooms. Maybe it has something to do with the source?

A. taiwanese foliage

The foliage on this one is quite beautiful.


It’s a good thing too, because the flowers hide coyly beneath the leaves. Love those patterned stems.

A. concinnum

The HPSO spring sale, Hortlandia, yielded yet another to my growing collection: A. concinnum. It is less of a shrinking violet than the others, in that the leaf bends away from the flower. As it unfurled, the leaf looked like it might be diseased or slug-damaged, but I needn’t have worried.

A. concinnum

Sorry for the out-of-focus photo, but since it is pouring rain at the moment, I’m stuck with it. I hope these close relatives can learn to get along in the colonization I have forced upon them. You can learn more about the many faces of Arisaema here. Join us over at Danger Garden by leaving a comment with a link to your favorite plant in the garden this week.

10 thoughts on “Arisaema, a group of favorites

  1. My neighbors usually have several native jack-in-the-pulpits blooming in their rain garden but this year I didn’t see any. But after our brutal winter everything is behind. Maybe theirs are behind, too. I can only hope! They are such a cool plant. Love the foliage in your 3rd photo.

  2. Mine is just now starting to emerge. It doesn’t know that I nearly planted sometime over the top of it. Next year I think I’ll have to mark the spot .

  3. CM~Lucky you, to have some nearby. You have to kind of get down on their level to really appreciate them, so it might get embarrassing.

    Beth~I certainly leave mine to their own devices. Seeding about would put me on cloud nine.

    Alison~Your seed-starting prowess is awe-inspiring.

    Linda~I have little stakes marking mine for that very reason.

    Loree~They look like your sort of plant, but one can only support so many obsessions.

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