A. triphyllum 'NLC'

George R Stilwell, Jr. grsjr at JUNO.COM
Sun Jun 6 01:29:12 CEST 1999


Your description is great. I think the feature that really got me is the
abrupt change in the
interior of the spathe to maroon-black exactly where the limb folds
forward - a straight line
demarcation in color.

The 'NLC' comes from the original site at New Life Camp, a Christian
summer camp for
young people. Rose Ann cooks the Thursday lunch there in the camp

The plants grow in the drainage field from the kitchen, a sheltered swale
with a brook
running through at a lower level. I was afraid the coloration might be
from the very
rich (pew) soil, but they kept their color in my garden. They also grew
true from seed, as
you pointed out. However, my garden is not rich enough for them and they
have declined
in numbers over the years. I need to add more manure, as Karl-Otto
pointed out.

A. triphyllum is certainly an interesting species. I have Roy's A.
triphyllum ssp. stewardsonii
in bloom right now. A most unusual and delightful Arisaema. It's so
different, I'm inclined
to agree with Roy that it might be a separate species.

A few years ago I had a really tall, but ordinary, A. triphyllum with 3
spathes on the one plant.
The next year, it had spawned a bunch of pups and the big momma was gone.
This genus
is crazy - especially the names.

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