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Arisaema taiwanense
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Arisaema taiwanense

Taiwan Cobra Lily

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Item #: 2802

Zones: 6b to 9a, possibly colder

Height: 30" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Taiwan

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

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If you haven't grown A. taiwanense, you haven't lived! This stunning cobra lily emerges in spring as a thick, 30" tall, snakeskin-colored stalk of light green with dark black blotches. Atop the stem sits a perfectly radial leaf, with 1' long leaflets, emerging like spokes on a wheel, each ending as a drooping thread. The flower emerges from the ground to form a giant grim reaper-like black-purple hood with a long threadlike tongue emerging from the front...bizarrely wonderful. (Original collections from Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones (#BSWJ1879) in Taiwan.)