Arum hygrophilum is native to Israel, Cyprus, and the Syrian-Lebanon border, where it emerges from summer dormancy in fall with narrow, upright, 2' tall, light green, winter-growing leaves. Despite rumors that it needs frost-free conditions to survive, its had survived for many years outdoors in Kansas City. Arum hygrophilum is adorned, starting in March, with lovely pale green spathes, edged in purple and highlighted by a poorly-endowed, dark purple spadix (male organ). In mild winters, Arum hygrophilum often tries to flower in late January, but cold knocks back the early flowers. In the wild, Arum hygrophilum can be found by moist streambanks and in wet seeps where it grows taller...for us, evenly moist garden soil has been perfect.
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