Arisaema dracontium - Green dragon
About 150 species of Arisaema
are native to Africa, Asia, and North America.
They are in the aroid family which makes them cousins to the philodendron,
anthurium, and peace lily. This species is native to the eastern United States
where it is found in moist woodlands. A single compound leaf rises from an
underground corm. Flowers appear in spring. The flower spike consists of a
green tubular spathe (comparable to the white spathe of the peace lily.) Tiny
flowers are held on a slender green stalk that extends above the spathe. A
cluster of round, orange- red fruits are produced in early fall.
See this plant along the Lake Oneida boardwalk.
Herbaceous perennial to about twelve inches tall.
Light: part shade, shade
Water: moist soil, somewhat drought tolerant
Soil: adaptable to soil types, no other special requirements
This native plant is not readily available in north Florida nurseries. It is easy to cultivate in a moist, shady spot.