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Arisaema utile
Common Name: Cobra Lily Family: Araceae (The Arum Family)

Arisaema utile
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This gorgeous Himalayan species has a dark purple spathe-tube with raised, white veins. The huge, shiny, silky purple spathe-limb looks like large butterfly wings. The trifoliate leaves have red, wavy margins and prominent purplish veins underneath. Hooker, an early explorer in Sikkim, observed this species ''surrounded by a luxuriant vegetation of most beautiful rhododendrons in full flower, willow, white rose, white-flowered cherry, thorn, maples, and birch.'' Sounds like a Vancouver garden!

Geogrpahical Origin:
Native Habitat:
Moist mixed woodland and rhododendron forests, 2400-4300m.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourPurple 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom ColourWhite 
Height12-24'  Bloom TimeSpring 
Spread12-24'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureFull - Part Shade Shade Part Shade  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureMoist Average  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone7-9  BerriesYes 
BC NativeNo    

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