Arisaema's will never be widely popular plants. They will never appear on a wide scale in garden centres up and down the country. Nor will they appeal to those looking for a splash of vivid summer colour in the garden. And yet, like many others, I find this group of plants fascinating. So much so, that I cannot resist growing as many of them as I can here in my garden! They always attract interest and comments - in my opinion every garden should have one!
Here we have Arisaema intermedium:
This Arisaema is not the most striking of the family, however, it does have a simple charm of it's own, with it's subtle colours and long spadix appendage reaching up to 45cm in length. Another bonus is that each plant produces 2 leaves, instead of just the one, giving an attractive 'bushy' appearance when grown as a clump. Each leaf is divided into 3, glossy green segments with attractive veins. The flowers appear during May / June.
Originating at reasonably high altitudes in the Himalayas (2700 - 3800m) this is a hardy species and is a reliable grower for the UK climate, making it a good choice for anyone interested in this group of plants.