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Arisaema dracontium

Green Dragon

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Item #: 2418

Zones: 4a to 8b, at least

Dormancy: Winter, Fall

Height: 28" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: Bare Root / 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)


Arisaema dracontium is one of the least known of the US native Jack-in-the-Pulpits and certainly the most confused in the commercial trade. Almost nothing we've seen sold as such is even the correct genus. The most common imposter are some of the weedy pinellias. Green dragons most closely resemble Arisaema heterophyllum except the offset prolifically to form a significant clump. From an underground tuber in mid-May emerges the 18" dusty-green stalk, topped with a horseshoe-like arrangement of 7-15 leaflets. Emerging alongside the leaf stalk is a narrow green hood to 2-3". Emerging from the hood (spathe) is a rigidly upright, threadlike, yellow tongue...probably from some social disease. Green dragons go dormant in midsummer, so don't panic.