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

Arisaema tortuosum var. helleborifolium
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A. 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:
Indian Subcontinent
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 
Hardiness Zone7-9  BerriesYes 
BC NativeNo    

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