Arisaema speciosum - Cobra Lily

Arisaema speciosum - Cobra Lily

One of the most unusual garden plants that you can buy.
  • Witness the fantastical blooms of Arisaema, the cobra lily, named after the flaring hood of their flowers which resembles a cobra's mantle.
  • A unique plant for shady spots and wooded areas under trees, producing the most amazing and striking flowers.
  • A real novelty and great talking point for your garden which very few of your friends will have (or even recognise!).
  • Grow in pots or sheltered, sunny borders. Mulch in winter and you'll be rewarded with mini triffids!
  • Supplied as a pair of corms, ready for planting out or potting on, plants reach 50cm (20in) and flower from June to August.
  • Witness the fantastical blooms of Arisaema, the cobra lily, named after the flaring hood of their flowers which resembles a cobra's mantle.
  • A unique plant for shady spots and wooded areas under trees, producing the most amazing and striking flowers.
  • A real novelty and great talking point for your garden which very few of your friends will have (or even recognise!).
  • Grow in pots or sheltered, sunny borders. Mulch in winter and you'll be rewarded with mini triffids!
  • Supplied as a pair of corms, ready for planting out or potting on, plants reach 50cm (20in) and flower from June to August.

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Just picture it, miniature serpents rearing up from the woodland floor, with their wing-like leaves spread around them - these are the fantastical blooms of Arisaema, the cobra lily, named after the flaring hood of their flowers which resembles a cobra's mantle.

This really is quite a unique little plant for shady spots and wooded areas under trees, producing the most amazing and striking flowers, some people have commented that they're like miniature triffids!

Correctly called a 'spathe', the flower is a deep maroon-coloured, upturned pitcher, designed to trap insects to aid pollination. Striped with immaculate, sharp pinstripes of white, the whole flower has an exotic-looking air to it - although the corms themselves are not exactly a thing of beauty at planting, belying what will erupt from them.

The shoots emerge from the end of the corms and are a peculiar spotted mix of the maroon and white, before suddenly unfurling like a flag to produce big 3-pointed leaves, and the flower stalk that grows up through them.

When planting, choose a well-drained spot, adding gravel to the planting hole if your soil is heavy or poorly drained and surrounding the bulb with bark chippings. You can also try growing them in pots if you prefer.

Often regarded as borderline hardy in winter, if well-drained and mulched they should survive. A real novelty and great talking point for your garden which very few of your friends will have (or even recognise!).

Supplied as a pair of corms, ready for planting out or potting on, plants reach 50cm (20in) and flower from June to August.

What Is Supplied

Item 630098 supplied as:
Supplied as a pair of large corms, ready for planting out or potting on, plants reach 50cm (20in) and flower from June to August.

Plant Care Information

Perfect In Pots
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Shade
Plant In Shade
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy

Top Tips

Add a deep layer of mulch over winter to protect the corms. Plants prefer to be grown in well-draining soil.

Care Information

  • In the garden, dig the soil thoroughly and incorporate plenty of organic matter and grit if the soil is heavy. Alternatively, plant in a pot.
  • Plant the corms with the shoot just poking through the soil or compost. Keep it warm and well-watered, and the pointed shoot will quickly develop into a mottled stalk, topped by three leaves.
  • The spathe will develop alongside the stem, resulting in the dramatic bloom!

Planting/Flowering Calendar

Best Time To Plant
When Your Plant Will Flower
When Your Plant Will Fruit
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
50 cm
25 cm
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