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dunno what it is, but its growing "wild" in my yar


I think it's cool, but its growing like a weed.

any thoughts as too what it might be?

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I can't remember its name right at the moment, but when my mother-in-law's yard was completely redone last August (2007), many of these were planted. They're low-water plants and of not-so-messy habit.

They don't seem to spread very rapidly.

I do her yard work (maintenance only, not the landscaping) and haven't noticed these spreading, even after one winter.

Will monitor them for a couple of seasons for invasiveness...but so far, so good!

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I do believe what you have there is Jack In The Pulpit or Arisaema. Probably native and definitely a good guy. People pay top $$ for these. I've never heard of them being aggressive (and if native, can't be invasive) so I think you can enjoy them!

Watch closely in the spring and try to get a pic of the bloom. It will help identify which species you have.

Nice find!!

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how about an Arum italicum?

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thanks for the input, I gave the list of names to my neighbor to look into....
whatever it may be, it sure is cool!

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Something's not quite right for this to be a native plant. I don't think this is Arisaema triphyllum or A. dracontium. I've got both but here's what the leaves look like on dracontium-
Here's what the leaves look like on triphyllum-

All of my plants have set seed and if you want, I could e-mail you photos of the natives for comparison because I've got many plants with the spadix high in the air right now loaded with red seeds not all that dissimilar to what you photographed but not quite a match.

What I'm seeing doesn't seem quite right for native Lysichiton americanus and the seed on the spadix are the wrong color for this to be Peltandra virginica which is another really great native plant.

By process of elimination, the stem is the wrong color for Dracunculus vulgaris which is another non-native.

All of the above plus the three below are in the Araceae family. I do believe you have a plant in this family but try one of these non-native arums-

Do you recall if the leaves looked like this-
or this-

Or, maybe like this-

Or possibly like this-

All of the three listed directly above are introduced to the continent of North America. They're not native but two have naturalized in the wilds.

Pretty sure this isn't a native plant and if it's one of the arums above, it's sort of weedy albeit a pretty weed.

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