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Arisaema candidissimum

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Arisaema (air-uh-SEE-muh) (Info)
Species: candidissimum (kan-did-ISS-ee-mum) (Info)

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive arsenic On Sep 7, 2002, arsenic from (Zone 7a) wrote:

A great Arisaema!

It is easy to grow; and multiplies pretty fast. The tubers can be lifted like Dahlias in frost-prone areas and stored in moist soil, in a cool room etc. during the winter. Plant it outside in early spring; or grow it in a pot indoors. Fertilize regularly.

Neutral Baa On Aug 29, 2002, Baa wrote:

A tuberous Arisaema from China.

Has 1, palmate, mid to deep green leaf which makes it's appearence after the spathes. Bears a pink and white striped spathe which is suprisingly (for Arisaema) quite pleasantly fragrant.

Flowers late June - August

Needs a constantly moist but well-drained, neutral to acid soil in light shade, although it will tolerate some sun. It does need cool growing conditions and doesn't tolerate heat well. It will need winter protection in frost prone areas.

Don't worry if you've spent half a fortune on a tuber and it still hasn't appeared by May. It is a lazy tuber and will often remain dormant until mid June and disappear quite quickly in the autumn.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fountain Valley, California
South Amana, Iowa
Coshocton, Ohio
Thomasville, Pennsylvania
Verona, Pennsylvania
Lexington, Virginia
Seattle, Washington

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