One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Arisaema ringens: the seed heads have fallen
I'm not certain if this is a confession or a recommendation. Just about Thanksgiving every year I gather a few of the fallen seed heads of Arisaema ringens, a vigorous Asian Jack-in-the -Pulpit, clip off most of their rotting stems, cruelly impale them on freshly cup bamboo skewers, and move them to a more highly visible location adjacent to the front walk. I admit that there's an element of chicanery in this practice, but the seeds are atractive, I like looking at them, and the plants grow in out of the way places. Plus, the stems have turned to mush leaving the seed heads on their sides rotting....so, I'm going to keep doing it..