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Arisaema tortuosum var. helleborifolium
Common Name: Whipcord Cobra Lily Family: Araceae (The Arum Family)

Arisaema tortuosum occurs across a vast area of Asia and consequently exhibits wide regional variation. This form used to be its own species -- A. helleborifolium -- but has now been swallowed alive into A. tortuosum where it is not recognized. Our plants are definitely different than the normal species so we retain the variety name. Variety helleborifolium is like the species but markedly taller and more cold tolerant. It also has spectacularly mottled stems.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Asia and the Pacific - Himalayas

Asia and the Pacific - Indian Subcontinent

Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan

Native Habitat:
Woodland, mountain forest, damp shady places, in the open, on roadsides, margins of clearings in sholas, 600-3900m.

ClassDeciduous Primary Bloom ColourGreen
TypePerennial Secondary Bloom Colour
Height4-6' Bloom TimeSpring
Spread12-24" FragranceNo
Light ExposurePart Sun Part Shade Foliage ColourGreen
Soil MoistureAverage Stem ColourBlack
Hardiness7-9 BerriesYes
BC NativeNo

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