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Arisaema tortuosum


One of the tallest of cobra lilies, Arisaema tortuosum has green spathes and a long spadix like a long, narrow tongue licking the air.

Arisaema tortuosum rises to four to six feet on spectacularly mottled stems making it the tallest of the genus. The palmate, tropical-looking leaves are held near the top of the stalk from which emerges the jack-in-the-pulpit inflorescence. Out of the pale green spathe emerges a darker, often purple, spadix appendage like a whip-like tongue shooting up to ten inches skyward. Totally fabulous and a great conversation piece! Widespread across the Himalayan countries, India, western China and Myanmar.

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

Family: Araceae (The Arum Family)

Zone Hardiness: 7-9

Light: Part Shade, Part Sun

Height: 4-6'

Width: 12-24"

Primary Bloom Colour: Green

Secondary Bloom Colour: White

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Moist, 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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