Mouse Plant, Mousetail Plant

Arisarum proboscideum

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Arisarum (air-ISS-ar-um) (Info)
Species: proboscideum (pro-bosk-ee-DEE-um) (Info)
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Category:

Perennials

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Smooth

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Brown/Bronze

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Clifton, Colorado

Orlando, Florida

Salem, Oregon

Bellevue, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Woodinville, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
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0
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RatingContent
Positive

On May 9, 2011, Terri1948 from Yorkshire,
wrote:

Children are fascinated by this plant. They watch for the little 'mice' appearing as soon as the leaves begin to come through the soil. A real novelty plant that is increasing well in my garden (in the UK). I grow mine in a shady corner with ferns and other shade loving plants.
I would also recommend growing in a raised bed for better viewing (although children don't seem to mind the hands and knees approach).

Positive

On Nov 29, 2007, Shadyfolks from Chesterland, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Great little plant. Plant next to a walk where it will be noticed. If you can, plant it in a raised area so folks will have a better chance at seeing the flowers.

Neutral

On Oct 21, 2001, Baa wrote:

An unusual, spreading plant from Southern Europe.

Has highly glossy, arrow shaped, dark green leaves which appear in early spring and disappears by early summer. Bears brown and white, hooded spathes with a long, thin curled tip. The whole appearance is that of a mouse diving for cover, the tips can be as long as 6 inches.

Flowers April-May

Loves moist, humus rich soil in partial shade, the soil must be moist, it doesn't like being dry. It will spread about happily in a woodland garden and is a plant which, although not pretty, certainly invites comment.

It is quite hardy (surviving down to 5F) and has managed to survive my neglect for 5 years so far.

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