Arisaema fargesii
Arisaema fargesii
Arisaema fargesii

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(Farges's Cobra Lily) Arisaema fargessii lends a fairytale look to a damp woodland garden. Its large white and dark purple striped bract -- called a spathe -- curves over the plant's infloresence, a finger-like structure called a spadix.

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Common name This is the non-scientific name used for a plant. A plant may have several common names, depending on the gardener's location. To further confuse the matter, a common name may be shared by several completely different plants. At Flowers by the Sea, we rely on the scientific name to identify our plants and avoid confusion. Farges's Cobra Lily
USDA Zones The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average. 5 - 11
Size (h/w/fh) The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height. 18"/18"/18"
Exposure This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates. Full sun to partial shade
Soil type This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage. Rich and well drained
Water needs Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface. Water loving
Pot size This is the size of the pot your plant will arrive in. All will be well rooted & branched and ready to grow when planted. Our STANDARD pot is 3 1/2 inches across and 4 inches deep and have a volume of 1.0 pints or 473 ml. Standard
Container plant? "Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant. Yes
Mature height The mature height of this plant in average conditions. 1 to 2 feet
Mature spread The mature width of this plant in average conditions. 1 to 2 feet
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(Farges's Cobra Lily) Arisaema fargessii lends a fairytale look to a damp woodland garden. Its very large white and dark purple striped bract -- called a spathe -- curves over the plant's infloresence, a finger-like structure called a spadix.

The wide spathe may stay upright for awhile, but eventually drapes downward gracefully and narrows to a point.

Farges's Cobra Lily grows from a corm. When mature, its large, tripartite leaves are heavily lobed. Although a water lover, it does fine with an average amount of supplemental watering based on local rainfall. It tolerates heat and survives sharp winter cold to bloom again.

Give this petite plant rich, well-drained soil and a location with partial shade to full sun. It does well when planted in the ground or in containers.

Although Farges's Cobra Lily may look tender and yummy to the human eye, deer don't like it. Fortunately, Father Paul Guillaume Farges (1844-1912) -- a naturalist and French missionary to China -- did like the plant and collected it in Asia for further study. That's why its scientific and common names bear his surname.