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Green Dragon
Arisaema dracontium

Like its smaller cousin, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Green Dragon thrives under a variety of conditions, but grows most vigorously in moist, shady, seasonally wet locations. It is deer resistant! The 'Jack,' is the spongy cylindrical structure inside a leaf-like structure that is rolled into a deep cup with an overhanging roof, the 'pulpit'. The whole ensemble somewhat resembles a minister in an old-fashioned pulpit. The fruit are smooth, shiny green, 1 cm wide berries clustered on the thickened spadix and ripen in late summer and fall, turning a bright red color before the plants go dormant.

USDA symbol: ARDR3

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height3 feet
Light ExposurePart Sun, Shade
Soil MoistureWet
Bloom ColorGreen
Green Dragon (Green Dragon<div><em class="small">Arisaema dracontium</em></div>)
Photo credit: Minnesota Wildflowers (Click to enlarge)


Flooding / Inundation ToleranceHigh
General Resilience6
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceAcidic Conditions, General Disturbance

Pollinator Value: Low

Bloom MonthsMay to July
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeRain Garden, Restoration
Coefficient of Conservatism5
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadFast
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyBlue Earth, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Winona
EcoregionDriftless Area, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Lakes and Forests, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland