Arisaema dracontium

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Green Dragon, Dragonroot


Plant Specifics

Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Green
Fruit Color:Red
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers, Showy fruits, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Mostly a curiosity in the shade garden.
Considerations:All parts of the plant contain calcium oxalate and are poisonous.
Propagation:Seed, division of tubers.
Light: Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Birds and other wildlife consume the fruit. 


Pollinated by flies.

Native Habitats:Moist hammocks,

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Poisonous to humans. Some Indian tribes used it as a medicinal plant.