Least favorite Arisaemas

Bonaventure Magrys magrysbo at SHU.EDU
Tue May 7 22:53:18 CEST 2002

This is part of a response to a particular individual, however I would like
to share it with the group.

Of all the Arisaema species there are some that are, to me, not
particularly outstanding. (Please, no evil thoughts directed my way). While
I do not believe that there is such a thing as a plain Arisaema, dracontium
nearly fits the bill. After all, heterophyllum and tortuosum appear to be
much more striking "versions" of it. Sazensoo also, it should go back in
meditation. Good reason to give it a Zen-based name. I have both amurense
and angustatum, indistiguishable. So what its got five leaflets; the bloom
resembles a mediocre triphyllum, sits low in the plant, and the plant (at
least in my cultivation) is small to medium sized.
On that last note Arisaema triphyllum, although extremely common around
here, has many superior individuals that stand out above the crowd. Just
because there are many spectacular Asian species does not mean that
triphyllum sits low on the Arisaema totem pole. It can hold its own side by
side with many of the Asian species and, although not having the same
turn-the-corner-and-there-it-is shock value of, say, sikokianum sitting in
the garden it still can make people pause and say "What is that?"

Bonaventure Magrys
Cliffwood Beach, NJ
USA zone 7

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