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Arisaema franchetianum

Chinese Cobra Lily

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Item #: 3910

Zones: 5a to 9b

Height: 15" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: China

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


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This rare Chinese cobra lily is a first cousin to the more famous Arisaema candidissimum. The foliage is similar with three large, equal- sized lobes on the giant 2' wide leaf. In late spring (mid-May in NC), the flowering stalk emerges from the base to produce a thumb-sized pitcher. Each pitcher is striped dark purple and white. Emerging from the center of the pitcher is a narrow black tongue that just reaches the edge of the pitcher. The flower resembles a kid's face after being forced to eat liver and spinach.