Arisaema dracontium
(Green Dragon)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Green Dragon, Dragonroot
    Synonyms: Muricauda dracontium
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 9
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: April - June
    Status: Native

Arisaema dracontium, or Green Dragon, is native to most of the eastern United States. It grows in moist or dry open woods, or sometimes even shaded woods, though it may bloom less in those areas, and it also grows on woodland edges and sometimes in open meadows near streams or other moist ground. It blooms in early to mid spring, with flowers that are green and yellow.

This is quite a unique genus, with only two species in the US, and the only other plants that really look anything like these are from Asia, so they are easy to identify. Additionally, the two in the US are also easily distinguished - Arisaema dracontium has a flower that is always green and the yellow spadix - the large spike in the middle of the flower - extends well outside the spathe - the leaf-like sheath outside - and it has several groups of compound leaves, with many more than three leaves. Arisaema triphyllum, on the other hand, often has brown flowers, but it can have green as well, but its spadix is always entirely enclosed by its spathe. Additionally, the plant has only three leaves. See photos below for comparison.

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