The tiny yellow male and female flowers are hidden in the hooded spathe at the base of the long and twisting spadix.
An unusual flower for sure and reminiscent of it's relative Arisaema triphyllum/Jack-in-the-Pulpit.
Green Dragon (Arisaema dracontium) is a marvelous woodland wildflower that is happiest in dappled sunlight and a moist, rich woodland soil. It grows happily in my garden and is tolerant of our wet winters and dry summers. Try pairing it with ferns, phlox, heucheras and hostas!
If it's happy you'll have a nice colony that disappears mid-summer leaving behind the red/orange ripened seed head that topples to the ground and spills seeds everywhere.
Propagation: Tuber division: This is the easiest method. Divide tubers when the plant dies down in late summer. Sowing seed: Collect fruits in fall (mid-August to early September) when the berries are red and remove the small brown seed from the pulp. Wear gloves as berry juice may irritate skin. To keep the seeds from drying out and to aid germination stratify stored seeds by placing them in moist sphagmun moss and refrigerating 60 days before planting. Sow seeds outside in late fall, 3/4 inch deep, or the following spring with or without cold treatment. Don't expect flower until the second or third year. Arisaema dracontium is native to the eastern half of North America
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Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone." She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.