who is eating my arisaema

Ellen Hornig hornig at OSWEGO.EDU
Mon May 16 14:16:23 CEST 2005

Kathy - I bet it's wild turkeys. They really do eat A. triphyllum (can't
find the book right now, but it's listed as one of their foods), and in
our woods they demolished most of the exsiting population when they moved
in.  The pulling and pecking is characteristic  -I found hundreds of
arisaema corpses lying about, bruised and shredded.  It's not a pretty


Ellen Hornig
Seneca Hill Perennials
3712 County Route 57
Oswego, New York 13126 USA
USDA zone 5B (mintemps -10 to -20F)
Phone:(315) 342-5915
Fax: (315) 342-5573
Website: http://www.senecahill.com

On Mon, 16 May 2005, Kathy Guest wrote:

> We have purchased property with a lovely creek and many acres of woods.  To
> my delight, I discovered patches of native arisaema, but most of them are very
> small.
> I did find one substantially-sized plant - but when I went to photograph it
> yesterday,  all were gone, with the largest one pulled out by the tuber and the
> hood bitten off.
> I can't find footprints.
> Do deer eat arisaema?
> I'm glad I have not begun to move my good ones!
> Kathy Guest Shadrack
> East Aurora, NY

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