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Cobra Lilies

Arisaema spp.

Also known as

Jack-In-The-Pulpit, Dragon root, Dragon arum

Arisaema-flavum-flower by Sten Porse (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size





    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

    More images of Cobra Lilies

    A green and white flower structure of a Arisaema plant
    A green Arisaema plant in a garden
    A photo of Cobra Lilies
    The leaves of a Arisaema plant
    The green leaves of a Arisaema plant growing in the wild

    Cobra Lilies Overview

    Arisaema is a genus containing around 197 tuberous perennials from the Araceae family. These plants produce large flowers consisting of a tall hooded spathe around a pencil-shaped spadix. This spadix is edible and has been consumed historically in times of famine. They are known by names such as Cobra Lilies and Jack-in-the-Pulpit in different locations due to their distinctive flower. They originate from Asia, Africa and North America and Mexico, with most species found in Japan and China. They are grown mainly for their interesting flowers and attractive foliage.

    Common problems with Cobra Lilies

    How to propagate Cobra Lilies


    Propagation is by seeds in the autumn or spring.

    Other uses of Cobra Lilies

    Grown for the large, curious, hooded spathes, each enclosing a pencil-shaped spandex.

    Summer Flowering Bulbs

    Plant out these flowering bulbs in spring to enjoy their summer performance.

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