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Arisaema speciosum

20th June 2005

An extravagant plant with broad floppy leaves and large floppy flowers. It has an impressively attenuated appendix (wiggly string) that acts to guide ground living crawly things (the technical term, I believe) into the heart of the flower to help it with its sex life.
I find it better in a cold greenhouse for the winter, and kept very dry once it has died down, or there is a danger of the tuber rotting.

21st May 2014

Unfortunately I don't manage to keep tubers for very long, this is one of the species that doesn't seem to find the UK very homely. I have another tuber to try, and a place for it in a warm humid greenhouse (at least in summer). Perhaps that will be the answer.