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Arisaema dracontium
Common Name: Green Dragon Family: Araceae (The Arum Family)

Arisaema dracontium is the rare second species of jack-in-the-pulpit native to eastern North America. Its better known relative is A. triphyllum. However, these two species are not closely related, each having closer kin in Asia. A. dracontium is a member of section Tortuosum and resembles A. tortuosum with a tall green stem to three feet holding 7-13 leaflets. The inflorescence is usually held below the leaf. The spathe is green and gives rise to a dramatic, curling, green to yellow to orange, tongue-like spadix appendage. Mid-season.Orange-red fruit follows in summer and fall. Needs rich well-drained soil in shade. Occurs in southern Ontario south into the US.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Americas - North America

Native Habitat:
Rich, moist deciduous woods, shady seeps, wooded areas near springs and vernal pools.

ClassDeciduous Primary Bloom ColourGreen
TypePerennial Secondary Bloom ColourYellow
Height2-4' Bloom TimeSpring
Spread8-12" FragranceNo
Light ExposurePart Shade Part Sun Shade Foliage ColourGreen
Soil MoistureAverage Moist Stem Colour
Hardiness4-9 BerriesYes
BC NativeNo

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