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Arisaema tortuosum var. helleborifolium


Arisaema tortuosum var. helleborifolium is a tall cobra lily with green spathes and stems with beautiful markings.

Arisaema tortuosum, the whipcord cobra lily, 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.

Common Name: Cobra Lily - [Summer B&B Pre-Order]

Family: Araceae (The Arum Family)

Zone Hardiness: 7-9

Light: Part Sun, Part Shade

Height: 4-6'

Width: 12-24"

Primary Bloom Colour: Green

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Average

Stem Colour: Black

Fragrance: No



Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

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


Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Himalayas

Asia and the Pacific - Indian Subcontinent

Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan

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