Arisaema dracontium Was Re: Tuber available

Gene Bush genebush at OTHERSIDE.COM
Sun Aug 1 13:26:09 CEST 2004

Hello Jim,
A. dracontium is no more difficult than any of the other species,
including the other native, A. triphyllum. Just clean the seed and sow it in
the fall. Germinates the following spring. About 4 years or so to bloom from
germination. To full maturity is another story. Takes a few years to get a
good sized tuber and plant. The green dragon actually prefers a moist spot
to thrive. It will do on average garden soil or root competition, but give
it rich soil and plenty of consistent moisture an you will get a really good
sized plant. Give it all the light you can without placing it in full sun.
The more consistent the moisture the more sun it can handle. I usually find
it in flood plains and ditch edges around here.
If the plant is well grown it produces off sets readily just like the
triphyllum. I think you get better seed production if you have 3 or more
plants in a grouping.
I used to collect seed and have it on my web site for trade but no one
was ever interested.
Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
genebush at
Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana

----- Original Message -----
From: "J.E. Shields" <jshields104 at INSIGHTBB.COM>

> Hi All,
> I received A. dracontium a few years ago from someone who didn't like
> it.  It is doing OK here, and one of the plants has bloomed the last two
> seasons.  We ought to get some seed production going for this North
> American native plant.  Has anyone grown it from seed?  How long does it
> take to reach flowering size?  Can one divide these?  Anyone have any
> suggestions?
> Jim Shields
> in central Indiana

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