Arum - Asarum

ARUM Hey, they're cool (well, actually they are exothermic; the spathes heat up to help attract flies which they trap till the pollen is ripe and then release), and trendy, and very collectable, and besides that most of the flowers smell of dead meat. If you have never grown them, we urge you to try a few. Many of the species produce winter foliage, which looks great in the winter garden a bit further south; here it is usually under the snow however I still admire them as much for their foliage as for their spectacular flowers, not to mention the fantastic clusters of red fruit. A woodland garden without arums is a sad excuse for a woodland garden. What more can I say - you gotta have em all.



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Arum cyrenaicum

Arum cyrenaicum

Ignore what we said previously, this is a valid name; it is native to the green scrub belt in Cyrenaica, North East Libya.
$12.00

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Arum dioscoridis

Arum dioscoridis

Dioscoridis is probably my favorite arum, flower color is variable usually greenish or purplish with darker purple blotches and can be spectacular, see the photo in the AGS encyclopedia and be careful not to drool on it if you were too cheap to buy it and borrowed a friends copy.
$12.00

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Arum dioscoridis v. dioscoridis AGS

Arum dioscoridis v. dioscoridis AGS

This is the nominate subspecies from the AGS seedex. This and the above are seeded so multiple clones are available; none have flowered yet so I haven't had a chance to skim the best for myself. If you get a particularly outstanding form, be sure to torture me with a photo.
$12.00

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Arum purpureospathum

Arum purpureospathum

Large species, seldom encountered, leaves emerge in autumn, from Crete and probably fairly tender.
$12.00

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Arum purpureospathum ssp anatolicum

Arum purpureospathum ssp anatolicum

A large form from turkey with an evil looking dark spathe.
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Asarum canadense

Asarum canadense

Excellent carpeting plants for woodland gardens. Flowers are tubby maroon jugs concealed beneath the heart shaped deciduous leaves that rise 6" on silky petioles. Our native wild ginger is reputed to be an alternate food plant for the beautiful Pipevine Swallowtail____ZONE 4
$12.00

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Asarum arifolium

Asarum arifolium

One of the commonest evergreen native gingers, leaves have a distinctive arrowhead shape and may be either solid green or marked with silvery blotches. Flowers are curious brown jug-like things.____ZONE 5
$15.00

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Asarum splendens ex Wild China

Asarum splendens ex Wild China

One of the larger flowered Chinese species and one of the easiest, this may or may not be conspecific with Asarum magnificum. The taxonomy is confused with many Chinese imports appearing under a variety of names. We fear it may be a while before everything is properly sorted out in the meantime enjoy the plants and don't get too freaked about the names. For what its worth these are the H & H version.___ZONE 4
$15.00

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Arum cyrenaicum Arch 195.150

Arum cyrenaicum Arch 195.150

From a Libyan population, large spathes green outside and purplish rose inside with deep purple spadices, best in an alpine house.
$19.00

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Arum dioscoridis Arch 195.155

Arum dioscoridis Arch 195.155

From an Archibald collection you can look up the details if you wish, I'm not going to bother (everyone will order it anyway).
$19.00

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