Arisaema dracontium

Green Dragon

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Pot Size: bare root

Plant Description

Green Dragon is similar to the more familiar Jack-in-the-Pulpit in its general form and structure, but it is a much more dramatic looking plant. A stout single leaf divided into 7 to 15 leaflets which spread a foot or more in width, may grow up to 31/2 feet tall. From its base, a green and brown mottled flower stalk rises in late spring with the same spathe and spadix structure as in Jack-in-the-Pulpit. The spadix is long ( in) and twists snake-like up through the leaflets of the plant. The effect is truly exotic, suggesting Green Dragon may be more at home in a tropical rain forest than in our eastern deciduous forests. But it is fully hardy and will do well in light shade and rich, moist soil. Plants die back down to the ground right after flowering unless they make berries but should emerge again in mid spring.


Characteristics Soil Condition Height Typical Height
Native Plant Organic, Average, 12 to 24, 24 to 36, 24in
Ease of Culture Moisture Tolerance Flower Color Spread
Easy to grow Moist, Moderately moist, Green Brown, 12in
Plant Type Size Bloom Time Zones
Wildflower, Perennial, 3 to 4 years old Late spring, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Exposure
Mostly shady, Full shade,