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Pinellia pedatisecta

Pinellia pedatisecta
green dragon
Pinellia pedatisecta

Common name green dragon
Family araceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers orange spathe (late summer)
Size 15"
Light part-full shade
From seed Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.

Grew this from traded seed, and got just one seedling. Luckily, it survived, bloomed in late summer of that same year, and came back as an even more robust plant in following years. The spadix, the long serpentine feature emerging from the spathe, is so long that it's difficult to capture in its entirety in photos! Nice palm-shaped foliage, too. Since those early years, I established a stand in our orchard nursery area, and discovered that this baby likes to self-seed, making babies in a circle within a few feet of the mother plant. I'm now more careful with this species, and try not to let it go to seed.
The plant is very late to return in spring - the first sign of growth is usually around the middle of May.

green dragon
Pinellia pedatisecta

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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