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Peltandra virginica
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Peltandra virginica

Green Arrowleaf Arum

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Item #: 262

Zones: 5a to 9b

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

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

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This easy-to-grow bog and stream native that occurs from Minnesota to Florida is strangely absent from American gardens. P. virginica resembles a 3' tall xanthosoma-type elephant ear. The 18" stems are topped with shiny green, arrowhead-shaped leaves. In late spring, the clumps bear greenish-white spathe and spadix flowers, followed by green seed pods that bend toward the ground as the berries ripen to shiny metallic black. We have had very good luck growing these in very moist garden soils as well as shallow standing water. Try this native aroid in a moist site in your garden for a nice tropical foliage texture.