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Care of the plant Arisarum vulgare or Friar's cowl.

Care of the plant Arisarum vulgare or Friar's cowl

The genus Arisarum, family Araceae, comprises 4 species of herbaceous plants native to the Mediterranean basin, the Canary Islands, the Azores, Europe and the Caucasus. The species are: Arisarum vulgare, Arisarum proboscideum, Arisarum simorrhinum, Arisarum x aspergillum.

Common names: Friar's cowl, Larus. This species is native to the Mediterranean region.

They are small herbaceous perennial plants that reach 30 cm (11.8") in height and extend from their rhizomes. The deep green leaves emerge from the base of the plant and have a horned or oval shape. They produce curious tube-shaped flowers that look like a hooded friar. They bloom from late fall to early spring.

Friar's cowl is used next to ponds or to cover shady areas of the garden and wet undergrowths. It's suitable for Mediterranean coastal gardens.

Arisarum vulgare needs a shade or part shade exposure avoiding the rays of the sun at the central hours of the day. It can withstand weak and occasional frosts.

Larus can grow on stony soils but prefer that they contain organic matter and are well drained.

Water regularly so that the soil is always moist but not puddled; Before watering wait until the soil surface has dried.

Friar's cowl does not need pruning or special fertilization.

Arisarum vulgare is resistant to pests and diseases but can be attacked by snails and slugs.

Larus propagates by division of rhizomes in spring.

Images of the plant Arisarum vulgare or Friar's cowl

Arisarum vulgare
Arisarum vulgare