We all need to daydream every now and again, and for me, I’m biding my time, patiently dreaming of the emergence of two of my guaranteed garden all-stars: a rather sinister ‘Jack,’ who also answers to the name of Arisaema urashima, and a ‘Jill’ who also answers to the name Arisaama candidissimum.
I have always been fascinated with this genus, dating back forty odd years ago, when, as an impressionable youngster, my Grandparents, on our weekly outing to the deciduous woods of Lambton County, pointed out the seemingly sinister spathe of our native ‘Jack, Arisaema triphyllum! My impressionable and overactive imagination soon leapt to the assumption that perhaps this [inside the spathe] is where Satan resided here on Earth. One might assume that it would frighten me away, but a near obsession remains. Our native Jack has welcomed a new addition on a near yearly basis, and this year seems to be right on par with an order having been placed for Arisaema kiushianum, yet another serpentine Asian cousin!