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PlantFiles Pictures: Green Dragon (Arisaema dracontium)

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Old Town, FL

September 24, 2003
1:11 PM

Post #659373

Green Dragon
Arisaema dracontium

Green dragon's display of brilliant red berries, late September, Northcentral Florida, zone 8b. The spiral leaf stalk is now brown and fallen on the ground, leaving only this thick spike of berries. The seed should be sown immediately, as it ripens, in a moist, rich soil, where the plant will receive dappled shade in the Spring, and deep shade during the Summer.

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Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 25, 2003
3:22 AM

Post #660067

Is this a bloom or a seed head? The arums have a seed head kind of like this except green turning to orange.
Old Town, FL

September 26, 2003
4:45 PM

Post #661694

This is a seedhead. The bloom is in early Spring, and it looks like a small Jack-in-the-pulpit, which also has a similar spike of brilliant red berries in the Fall--they are both in the genus Arisaema.

I've read about the arum fruit stalk, but I have never actually seen one in person. I'm still investigating whether I can grow any of the arums here in Northcentral Florida, zone 8b.

This little Green Dragon, as it is called locally, is a native plant, very inconspicious until this seed stalk catches your eye. This one was blooming at the bottom of a "fern-sink hole" on my six acre property--this is a small depression in the limestone rock which is on the surface instead of a few feet under the soil, and the limestone has eroded away. These depressions catch oak leaves and so eventually have a layer of soil on the bottom and are quite damp. Native ferns grow in these depressions also and many lizards and frogs like to hang out in them.

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