Other Aroids

Judy Glattstein jgglatt@gmail.com
Fri, 17 Jun 2011 08:56:43 PDT
I grow Pinellia cordata. Little leaf tubercles that have fallen into the 
gravel-covered dirt between front walk and garage wall, open to sky but 
little if any direct sun, winter over. A Japanese friend told me that it 
is grown in a pot, to make it easier to lift to nose level and enjoy the 
delicate fragrance of the flowers.

While P. cordata is no where near as much of a thug as P. pedatisecta - 
(could that be what  TheSilentSeed collected as immature Sauromatum?) - 
   I begin to have some suspicions about its good behavior. I re-potted 
my pot full of P. cordata and re-used the soil to re-pot a cordyline 
etc. Little P. cordata leaves are making an appearance.

Arisarum probosciodeum is a favorite, love those little mouse tails 
peeking out of the foliage.

I think that the hardiness / non-hardiness of Sauromatum might be clonal 
variation. If those I had were hardy I would think the ones I couldn't 
find last fall would have made an appearance by now. The flowers are 
unusual but I really cultivate it for its foliage and snake-like mottled 
stems. Elegant contrast to large hosta.

My favorite arisaema is probably A. thunbergii v. urashima. Charming 
dark green pedatisect foliage (gee, think this appreciation of foliage 
might be why I wrote Consider the Leaf and Garden Design with Foliage?) 
and intriguing flowers.

Of course that fact that all aroids are ignored by deer, woodchucks, 
rabbits, voles only adds to their appeal.

Judy in humid New Jersey where last night's storm dumped 1.75 inches of 
rain on BelleWood Gardens

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