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Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea) is a resident of bogs.  The cup-shaped leaves catch rain water and are designed to trap small insects which are then 'digested' by the plant.  Pitcher Plants need constantly moist soil and an acidic

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ARISAEMA
(Jack-in-the-pulpit)
Excellent for shade garden or large containers.  Two species in this genus are native to Canada, Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit) and A. dracontium (Green Dragon), but over a hundred exist worldwide.
 

Arisaema amurense

Description: H60cm.   A green and white spathe emerges early in the season with fresh green foliage. This is a plant from shady locations in eastern Asia. Blooms in spring. Hardy to Zone 5 (deep planting and winter protection is recommended).  Easy to grow and multiply from seed or side tubers. 

 

Arisaema candidissimum  (not available spring 2018)

Description: Three-part leaves and white or pink hoods over the spadix. It produces a clump over time. Hardy to at least Zone 5 (deep planting recommended). Sometimes late to emerge in the spring.  It may also be grown in deep (14in.+) containers and the tubers stored in the fridge over winter in slightly damp peat moss.

   Arisaema consanguineum

Description: H150cm.  A tall umbrella of leaflets shades a green/purple cylindrical spathe that ends in a long tail. This is a plant from open forests and hillsides in Northern India, Thailand and into China. Blooms early summer. Hardy to Zone 5 (deep planting and winter protection is recommended) 

Where to Use:Part sun/Part Shade. Fertile, well-drained soil. This species is sometimes slow to emerge in the spring (May-June), so mark where the tuber is buried. It may also be grown in deep (14in.+) containers and the tubers stored in the fridge over winter in slightly damp peat moss.

   Arisaema flavum 
 Description: H30-40cm. This species is unusual for its inflorescence with a yellow hood, accompanied by bright green leaves. Flowering in early summer.  Hardy to Zone 4
Where to Use: A. flavum withstands more sun and drought than other Arisaema, but will still grow in a partly shaded garden. It may also be grown in deep (12in.+) containers and the tubers stored in the fridge over winter in slightly damp peat moss.
   Arisaema fargesii

Description: H60cm, W60cm; Bold, glossy leaves are followed in summer by a spectacular striped purple/white spathe (5-10cm) forming a hood over the spadix and ending in a tail. In the fall fertilized stalks form a cluster of red berries and the foliage turns bright yellow. Native to Western China. Hardy to at least Zone 5 (winter protection recommended).

Where to Use:Part sun in well-drained soil. Tubers will form large clumps over time. It may also be grown in deep (14in.+) containers and the tubers stored in the fridge over winter in slightly damp peat moss.
 

 Arisaema sikokianum (not available spring 2018)

Description: H50cm. A stunning inflorescence composed of a large, round, snow-white spadix backed by a shiny, purple/black hood. A pair of large tripartite leaves frame the bloom. Native to woodlands in Japan, this species blooms in spring. Hardy to Zone 4 (Good drainage and a winter mulch are recommended)

 
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit) 100 Mile
Description: H30-90cm, W40cm; green/purple striped hoods followed by red cluster of berries; spring
Natural Habitat: Shade; Moist woodland soil
Where to Use: Woodland, Shade/Part shade garden, Specimen plant

 Arisaema ciliatum var. liubaense

Description: H60cm, W60cm; Bold, glossy leaves are followed in summer by a spectacular striped purple/white spathe (5-10cm) forming a hood over the spadix and ending in a tail. In the fall fertilized stalks form a cluster of red berries and the foliage turns bright yellow. Native to Western China. Hardy to at least Zone 5 (winter protection recommended).

Where to Use:Part sun in well-drained soil. Tubers will form large clumps over time. It may also be grown in deep (14in.+) containers and the tubers stored in the fridge over winter in slightly damp peat moss.

 Arisaema heterophyllum

Description: H100cm.  From under a green spathe (sometimes tinged with purple) a long S-shaped spadix curves out like a longue tongue.  The inflorescens is over the expanding leaves with multiple leaflets.  This is a plant from Japan, Korea and Eastern China. Blooms early summer. Hardy to Zone 5 (deep planting and winter protection is recommended) 

   

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