Plant Now: Mouse Plant – one for the kids

Mouse plant

The mouse plant (Arisarum proboscideum) is so-named because of its tail-like tips, about 15cm long, attached to mousy brown hooded spathes. It’s super easy to grow (Rob Davison of Maple Glen in Southland says, “Here they grow like a weed”) and great fun for both kids and adults. Flowers appear in winter or spring, depending on where you live, and each plant forms a dense mat of attractive foliage in part shade.
Buy plants from The Fragrant Garden, Wake Robin and, sometimes, Trade Me.

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