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.
||orange spathe (late summer)
|| Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
The plant is very late to return in spring - the first sign of growth is usually around the middle of May.
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Margaret Chatham||Jul 27, 2005||P. pedatisecta is sneaking into the native plant scene in the East, pretending to be Arisaema dracontium. As P p is much more rubust, cheerfully making multiple flowers in a season, and sprouting every seed (or so it seems) people need to be warned about its vigor and potential as an invasive exotic.|
Thanks for the warning, Margaret. I'd heard about P. ternata's tendencies, but didn't know P. p. was also a concern.
|Giorgio Pozzi||Aug 15, 2005||I have two plants of Pinellia sold as Arisaema Dracontium, they are very nice and plenty of leaves and flowers, they flower for 2-3 months and set nearly 50-60 seeds per spike and nearly 8-10 spikes in a season; germination rate is near to 100% in wet towels and the seeds take from 7 days at 30° to 20 days at 20° to show the first germ, two week after potting the seedlings appear from the soil and in two weeks they develop the second leaf, no problem with fertilizer, in very diluited proportion.
I'm going to spread a wood in my garden with the plants next year....hoping they will fill the soil under the trees.|
|George Forsythe||Aug 18, 2021||Extremely robust spreader. Seeds have an elaiosome favored by ants which carry them fair distances. Planted this ~8 yrs ago and now have them as far as 200 foot or more from original location. Also thousands of seedlings appearing in lawns which are not killed by normal height mowing.
Lovely foliage but not too well behaved.|
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