George R Stilwell, Jr. grsjr at JUNO.COM
Mon Jun 11 03:07:14 CEST 2001

Some 22 years ago, we planted 5 Ilex crenata 'Helleri' around a lamp post
near the intersection
of the front walk and the drive. The soil there has a thick layer of sand
down about 6 inches. It's
where the masons stored their sand while laying the brick house walls.

Well, I found that Arisaema just loved it there so I planted a few
species including one
A. candidissimum. As the years passed, the 'Helleri' thrived, closed
ranks and became a hedge, and
took up so much room that I dug some of the Arisaema and planted them
elsewhere, including the
candidissimum.  It hasn't shown yet this year and I'm wondering.

Anyway, I had to go behind the 'Helleri' hedge to do something by the
lamp pole and there, to my surprise,
were two beautiful candidissimum inflorescences growing as nice as you
Apparently the tuber I moved had thrown pups and I didn't know it. They
grew nicely
in seclusion, free from the often killing hand of the gardener.

Only problem is no one can see them without wading through the myrtle to
get behind the 'Helleri'
hedge. Oh well, you can't have everything.

I'm afraid to move them, they've done so well there. Wish I could say the
same for the parent.
Maybe later on in early August?

GRSJr at Juno.com

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