Arisaema candidissimum

pink cobra lily

  • © Paul Odermatt

Outstanding Qualities

This exciting bulb bursts from the ground in early summer and produces huge shiny arrow shaped foliage that looks tropical. Soon after the foliage emerges dramatic hooded flowers form just above the soil in either soft pink or white with deep pink stripes. The foliage remains all growing season and if you are lucky the flowers will set seed with bright orange-red seed pods in late summer to early fall.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 0 ft. 9 in. (0.23 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: pink, white

Sun/Light Exposure: light to dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Asarum splendens, Beesia deltophylla, Polystichum makinoi, Saxifraga 'Primuloides', Trillium sessile

Great Color Contrasts: Blue, bronze, silver

Great Color Partners: Green, white, pink

Culture Notes
Arisaemas grow best in a rich well-drained soil, preferring a sandy loose soil. Choose a location with light to open or dappled shade and avoid hot afternoon sun. Do not bury the tuber too deep, it will grow best when the top is covered by an inch or less of loose sandy soil and compost. Water these plants regularly in the summer. Arisaema can be very slow to sprout in the spring, sometimes they may not start growing until early to mid-summer. Be patient especially with newly planted tubers.