Grown by: Barbara & John Hopper, Kenwood
Aris or aron = arum; haima = blood, used either in sense of “relationship:” i.e., akin to arum, or referring to speckles/flecks on spathe of original species.
Native to Eastern North America, Eastern and Central Africa, Asia from Arabia to Japan and Malaysia, this dramatic sculptural perennial woodland creature invites visual inspection from below with the chalky-rhubarb and white stripes of the hooded sheathing of the “spathe” which protectively envelops the spadex - a spike-like inflorescence with a complex intersecting double helix of congested female flowers sitting maypole-like above a lower, looser but comparable arrangement of female flowers below. The spathe ends in a long threadlike dripper extending nearly to the ground. (For ants? Repulsive Rapunzel let down your hair/spathe!!?)