Credit: Wellcome Library, London
Cobra-lily (Arisaema fimbriatum): inflorescence and leaf. Watercolour.
I recently became enamored by the photo of a cobra lily I saw in Fine Gardening Magazine. No, cobra lilies aren’t native to my area, and yes, I think it’s important for me to buy natives, but as I’ve said, I’m not a purist.
To make up for my wayward non-native ways, just yesterday I purchased seeds on-line that I think will assist my backyard wildlife, that is if I can get them to germinate. They are Victoria Salvia Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria’, Joe Pye Weed Eutrochium purpureum, Verbena bonariensis, and Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa.
Back to the subject of cobra lilies. There are many varieties and none of them seem to be cheap, so over the last few days I’ve been casually trolling the Internet to compare prices.
If you only click on one link in this post, it should be the next one. Suddenly, I ran across this cobra lily from Plant Delights. Maybe you already knew of it? I didn’t.
Wow! At 10K , Arisaema Trumpeteer is far beyond my budget. The customer reviews of this plant are also rather mixed. One commentator wrote it doesn’t do well in a mix of natives and non-natives.–Bummer.
Feel free to let me know what you think.