Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Arisaema consanguineum, one of the taller Asian Jack-in-the-Pulpits

I was just walking through the middle of China Valley and there were all these fruiting inflorescences collapsed on the ground. Kind of gruesome but interesting. Sometimes in my own garden I extend the ornamental life of the fruit by cutting the stalk just below the head and impaling it (the head) on a small length of bamboo stake. I push the stake in the ground and voila. I know it's wrong but hey, they fall down like this and you don't get to appreciate them otherwise. And these seeds aren't just for show, this one seeds around for us.

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