Pinellia Species, Green Dragon, Voodoo Lily

Pinellia tripartita

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



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Grown for foliage


This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (yellow-green)

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


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

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

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

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 11, 2014, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) 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.


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.


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.