I am almost heading for the weird and wild lands with the genus Arisaema, known as Cobra lilies. They are such strange plants, but now that I have joined the Blotanical network, no doubt someone will post me with the message that the cat scratches its back on them by the kitchen door.
The one pictured here is listed as Arisaema amurense, if I can trust what is scribbled down in my notebook. Jacques Armand are specialist growers of these unusual bulbs. Black. stripey, sinister, snakey – there is one for every mood.
Under-storey plants from the Himalayas, they need warmth and moisture, must be kept out of direct sun and will sulk in heavy clay. All that apart, ideal plants and a must for the woodland garden.