Another source

George R Stilwell, Jr. grsjr at JUNO.COM
Sun Feb 21 06:47:57 CET 1999

I ran across this source on the web:

H & H Botanicals
PO Box 291
Bancroft, ME
(517) 634-9016

I have become so fascinated by these plants. The native
Jack-in-the-Pulpit (A. triphyllum) grows wild out in the woods along our
property, as has always
been a treat to stumble across. But as for the Cobra Lily's....true
collector's plants. We recently bought in several new species from China
(and you'll have to
forgive us if some of the species are a bit messed up, since there are
100's of varieties in China that are not yet known) which, as far as I
know, we are the
first to catalog in the U.S. Yes, on some I am relying upon names as they
come out of China, until I can get photographs out to collectors for full
identification. And, frankly, some I have no information on but the name!
Oh well.....try them anyway. I've found that a very sharp, sandy soil
with a bit of peat
is what is needed to grow most--the opposite of our native Jack which
likes it wet--or you will have rot problems. All bulbs are blooming to
almost blooming
size, unless noted. As for hardniess, it maybe to best to dig most of the
Chinese species and store them in the fridge for winter(if you are in
zone 5). So try a
few a discover a whole new realm of gardening.
Arisaema brevipes       $18.50
China--Collected at 3600 meters, this one could be either A. brevipes or
purpureo-galeatum, I've had two different identifications from
collectors. A curled
spathe of red-purple and white candy-striping. A must see!
Arisaema candidissimum (wild form)       $15.00
W. China--Unlike the form commonly seen in gardens, with pink flowers,
this has small spathes that appear more in the purple-green range and
emit a light
Arisaema candidissimum (pink form)       $15.00
W. China--What is seen in culitvation, these have spathes of pink with
white stripes.
Arisaema diliatum (A. wilsonii)       $15.00
China--Collected at 2000 meters, was collected as A. wilsonii, but most
likely A. diliatum. Small spathes of purple and white. Nice.
Arisaema du-bois-reymondiae       $12.50
China--Collected at 1800 meters, I'm told it is nice, but have little
Arisaema elephas       $26.50
W. China--This was a big hit when I first offered then here at the
nursery in 1997-98. A small Aroid, growing around 10 inches, with a
spathe of dark-liver
purple to almost red, with white stripes toward the base. Hates it hot,
and will rot away if too hot and humid.
Arisaema erubescens       $15.00
E. Himalayas--This particular one was collected at 2500 meters. A
soliatary shoot of palm-like leaves hang above an open faced "cobra" with
dull pink and
white stripes. The hood itself is mottled in red-brown.
Arisaema fargesii       $15.00
China--Collected at 1200 meters, thin tube of purple-red. Very nice.
Arisaema franchetianum       $15.00
W. China--Very similar in appearance to A. candidissimum, producing a
large purple and white striped spathes.
Arisaema intermedium       $17.50
China--Collected at 3000 meters, light green spathes. Not available for
Spring 1999.
Arisaema lingyunense       $30.00
China--Collected at 3200 meters, very choice and rare. Huge spathes of
purple with darker striping. These are known to be difficult to cultivate
if drainage is
not perfect. Grow it in a very gritty soil.
Arisaema multisestum       $15.00
China--Collected at 1300 meters, no information available. Not available
for Spring 1999.
Arisaema ringens       $10.00
Japan, Korea, China--This is my favorite, easy and cute! A closed spathe
of white and light green, with a wide purple lip and hanging "fang" of
purple. This
one is a perfect example of why they are called "Cobra" Lily. Grows about
12 inches tall.
Arisaema sikokianum       $8.00
Not flowering size, one to two year old seedlings--The best! This is the
correct species, from Fred Case's garden. Irresistible black spathe with
a white,
knob-like spadix places this plant on every collector's wish list. A true
classic from Japan. Available only in the Fall of 1999.
Arisaema sikokianum var. henryanum       $12.50
China--Collected at 1200 meters, don't confuse this and the following
variety with the classic A. sikokianum. Supposedly a variety of
sikokianum. I'll know
more when they are up. Not available for Spring 1999.
Arisaema sikokianum var. serratum       $12.50
China--Collected 800 meters, see above.
Arisaema tortuosum       $17.50
Himalayas--A much sought after species, being the tallest of the genus.
Growing to 6' with greenish spathes and a darker spadix rising above.
stems colors should be expected. Sold out for Spring 1999.
Arisaema triphyllum       $4.00
(JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT) A native of Eastern North America with black and
green striped spathes, a short greenish-white spadix and large trifoliate
leaves. In
the fall, fruits of brillant orange can be seen throughout our woods. It
likes a moist shade, but can be dry during the summer. Medicinal.
Arisaema wattii       $22.50
China--Collected 3000 meters, it came as an unidentified species, but is
A. wattii. This one is rare and choice, resembling A. sikokianum but with
a spathe of
purple-black atop and a white throat, with a elongated knob of white for
a spadix. Sold out for Spring 1999.

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