Another fascinating species is Arisaema ringens, also known as the Japanese cobra lily. However they are a little more widely spread than this, with some coming form Korea and China as well.
A few different forms of this bulbous plant are available. In general it is the coloration of that tight flower spathe that differs, some being shades of green, other have distinctive deep purple markings. (see picture right)
This is one of the earlier flowering species along with A. tryphllum and a few others, mid spring.
We like the leathery foliage as well, a strong statement well after the joy of the flowers has passed.
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