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Pinellia tripartita

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pinellia (pie-NEL-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: tripartita (try-par-TEE-tuh) (Info)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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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

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral vossner On Jun 11, 2014, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I did not plant this but it appeared in a dryish, brightly shaded part of my garden. It has grown over the past 2-3 years but not at an alarming rate. I am keeping my eye on it, just in case. Don't need another thug.

Positive gregr18 On Sep 14, 2005, gregr18 from Bridgewater, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is an attractive and care free Aroid, with interesting flowers and smart-looking foliage. I have found that mine perform better and grow much faster when they get part sun, though they do fine even in full shade. In a fertile environment, you might need to watch them, as they spread readily, though I would stop short of saying that they are overly aggressive.

Positive lupinelover On Jun 28, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

A wonderful aroid, new offsets produced and grow all summer, making good clumps pretty fast. Easy to grow, and the flower has to be seen to be believed!

The flowers are too cool! After one year's growing, though, probably every seed produced has germinated, so removing the seedpod before ripening would be best if you don't want large colonies.


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

Merced, California
Ridgefield, Connecticut
Herrin, Illinois
Mandeville, Louisiana
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Helena, Montana
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Garner, North Carolina
Chesterland, Ohio
Grove City, Ohio
Williamsburg, Ohio (2 reports)
Houston, Texas
Richmond, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Lexington, Virginia

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