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From: Lotte Hedges <lhedges at DIRECWAY.COM>
Subject: Re: Arisarum proboscidium
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It grows quite well here in Cambridge (close to Toronto) Ontario Canada,
Zone 5/5b; however it hasn't multiplied very rapidly for me.  This could =be
because it is in a fairly dry location.  It has been reliably hardy for t=he
past 3 years at least.
Lotte Hedges

on 2/1/05 9:06 PM, Paul Tyerman at ptyerman at OZEMAIL.COM.AU wrote:

> At 10:50  29/01/05, you wrote:
>> This aroid just popped up in a catalogue and looks intriguing... but t=he
>> catalogue is not exactly well-known for facts. Does anyone on this lis=t
>> grow it? Any comments on it as a garden plant?
> Leo,
> No idea how hardy it is, but I grow it here.  I really like it as it re=ally
> is rather cute in flower.  It is dormant completely during summer,
> reshooting in autumn and holdings its pure green arrow-head type leaves
> here throughout winter (which is why I don't know how it does for you i=n
> Zone 5).  The flowers appear below the leaves and just the "tails" (the
> elongation on the tip of the spathes) appear above the foliage.  When y=ou
> part the foliage to look in at the flowers it looks like a bunch of mic=e
> diving into their holes, hence the common name of "Mouse Plant".
> It grows from fine rhizomes and can multiply quite well.  I haven't fou=nd
> it to be a pest for me as it seems to expand rapidly to a certain size =and
> then stay at that size in the clump, not getting much bigger.  It has a
> larger relative called Arisarum vulgare (Cobra Lily) which has flowers =that
> sit up above the foliage and look a bit like cobra heads.  A. vulgare h=as
> marbling on the leaves as well.
> Like I said, I cannot comment on how cold either takes, but I really li=ke
> them myself.  In a pot the mouse plant also looks rather good as the
> flowers tend to sit down over the edge of the pot a bit, so that you ca=n
> see them clearly.
> Cheers.
> Paul Tyerman
> Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9
> Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Trilliums, Cyclamen,
> Crocus, Cyrtanthus, Oxalis, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus ju=st
> about anything else that doesn't move!!!!!

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