Arisaema utile is a gorgeous Himalayan species has a dark purple spathe-tube with raised, white veins. The huge, shiny, silky purple spathe-limb looks like large butterfly wings. The trifoliate leaves have red, wavy margins and prominent purplish veins underneath. Hooker, an early explorer in Sikkim, observed this species ''surrounded by a luxuriant vegetation of most beautiful rhododendrons in full flower, willow, white rose, white-flowered cherry, thorn, maples, and birch.'' Sounds like a Vancouver garden!
- All of our arisaema are extra large, often huge, blooming size bulbs. Though remember that mature bulb size varies greatly between species. Occasionally, some bulbs might not bloom in their first year until they become established.
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