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Probably should call it "Glick Pick of the Month", but
Similar in shape, form and growth habit as plants in the closely related genus Arisaema (Jack in the Pulpit), Pinellia is a member of the same family, Araceae or the Aroid family. A very diverse family of plants, most folks are genuinely surprised to find out that it is also the same clan that Philodendron belongs to.
The genus gets its name in honor of Giovanni Vincenzo Pinelli of the Botanic Garden in Naples Italy circa the mid to late 1500's.
There are just a handful, 4 or 6 species and I've only grown Pinellia tripartita
Kingdom - Plantae
Class - Monocotyledonae
Family - Aracea
Genus - Pinellia
Species - tripartita
Common name, genus -
Common name, species -
Native of - Southern Japan
Height - 6"-8"
USDA Hardiness Zone - zone 5 at least, probably 4, maybe 3
Light preference - Full shade to part sun
Soil preference - Average
Moisture preference - Average to moist
Bloom time - Mid Spring
Bloom color - White
Foliage - Dark green
Spread - 8" - 12"
Height - 6" - 12"
Uses - Front of the shady border
Medicinal uses - See http://www.oasistv.com/news/2-23-00-story-2.asp
Allan Galloway has a great Pinellia page
My friend Dennis Niemeyer at Wedu Nurseries has a cool purple-spathed variety.
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