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Arisaema dracontium

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, rich, loam, sand

Height: 1'-3'

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: green

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts birds, berries, colonizing, deer resistant, naturalizing, pond margin plant, rare, shade garden plant, showy fruit, stream margin plant, woodland plant

Arisaema dracontium (green dragon)
  • Arisaema dracontium (green dragon)
  • Arisaema dracontium (green dragon)
  • Arisaema dracontium (green dragon)

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Description

Arisaema dracontium

Also known as:

green dragon

,

dragonroot

Scientific Synonyms:

Muricauda dracontium

Description

Arisaema dracontium is a member of the Jack in the pulpit genus. It only has one leaf, appear on a single stem that forks, giving the impression of two separate leaves, each comprised of up to 15 leaflets. The flower is a greenish cylinder, with an upward pointing tongue. The leaf will die back by mid-summer, leaving a 3' tall bare stem, topped by a cluster of bright red, showy berries.

Cultivation

Arisaema dracontium is a moisture loving plant. It does best in full shade or filtered light, in rich, well-drained, moist to wet soil. It does not do well in heavy clay. Can be used effectively around water features, or in a shade garden, mixed in with ferns that will provide a contrasting background for the berries once the foliage has died back. Blooms in spring; April to June. Zones 4-8

Propagation

Propagate from fresh seeds in fall. Collected seeds can be sown in early spring and will not require previous treatment. Can be propagated by rhyzome/tuber division in late summer, after the foliage has died back and the plant has gone dormant.

Additional Notes

This is an unusual and also rare species. Wild native populations should be left undisturbed. The roots are toxic when uncooked.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: NH
  • Exploitably Vulnerable: NY
  • Threatened: MA, VT

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Arecidae
Order Arales
Family Araceae Arum family
Genus Arisaema Jack in the pulpit
Species Arisaema dracontium green dragon