Brian Whyer brian.whyer@btinternet.com
Thu, 07 Jul 2005 07:04:57 PDT

In a friends garden there are 2 flowers of arisaema candidissima from
one "clump". The larger faces the wall, away from the lawn, the much
smaller flower faces the lawn. If they come from still linked tubers
then that may be influencing the direction.
I have a range of sizes of A. fargesii in leaf, although only 1 flower,
and it is the different leaf shapes that appeal to me, from dinner plate
sized entire leaves to divided leaves with separate lobes either side of
the stem, and some in between.

Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England, zone ~8, but cool and raining

> -----Original Message-----
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> Behalf Of Judy Glattstein
> Sent: 07 July 2005 14:47
> To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: [pbs] orientation
> I have two Arisaema fargesii flowering with their "backs" turned to
> path they are near. Arisaema respond well to digging while in flower,
> I could lift, turn 180 degrees, and pop them back into the same
> location. Or, I could try moving them across the path.
> This is something that has occasionally intrigued me: do arisaema
> present the same orientation from year to year? In other words, if I
> spin them 180 degrees will they flower as I wish next year, or will
> stubbornly refuse to display their funny faces. What determines why
> their flowers face the way that they do? With tulips I know that the
> first leaf appears on the stem on the flatter side of the bulb. But
> has nothing to do with the flower.
> Any observations, comments, suggestions?
> Judy in summertime New Jersey. Gray and rainy today, which means it
> not reach steam bath conditions as it often does when the sun shines.
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