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Pinellia tripartita 'Atropurpurea'
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Pinellia tripartita 'Atropurpurea'

Purple Dragon

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Item #: 813

Zones: 5a to 9b, possibly colder

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Japan

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


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This strange aroid for equally strange gardeners has three-lobed glossy green leaves that reach 12" tall. In the spring, the spathes unfurl to reveal a lovely purple interior from which emerges a whip-like tongue. As the flowers mature, the stalks fall over, dumping a few seeds for future generations...but not becoming weedy like some of the other pinellia species.