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Arisarum proboscideum

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Mouse Plant is part of the Arisarum genus. Its scientific name is Arisarum proboscideum.

This is a small woodland plant that is grown for its fresh green leaves and unusual flowers. It starts into growth early in the spring and has arrow shaped bright green slightly glossy leaves. The flowers are brown and cylindrical can be easily missed as they are held below the leaves with only the ‘tail’ visible above the leaves. The spathe is tubular at the base then opens into a forward pointing hood enclosing a slender spadix

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Pale brown and   Cream and   Otter brown. When mature, blooms are roughly 1.0 cm (that's 0.39 inches in imperial) in diameter. The mature flowers take a funnel form, with an approximate petal count of 1. Leaves appear approximately as a   Dark spring green and   Deep jungle green

It is a flower / ornamental that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more.

Mouse Plant is known for growing to a height of approximately 5.85 inches (that's 15.0 cm in metric) with a ground covering habit. This plant tends to bloom in early spring.

Mouse Plant is known to be toxic to humans and/or animals, so be careful where you position and how you handle this plant.

Mouse Plant is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Mouse Plant have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Mouse Plant

  • Full Shade

  • Dappled Sun

  • Medium

Keep evenly moist
Easily propagated by dividing the tubers when dormant.
Totally dormant by mid summer

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full shade / dappled sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Mouse Plant is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Mouse Plant to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Mouse Plant from seed

Grows best from division of a mature plant

Transplanting Mouse Plant

Prefers light shade in damp woodland soil but with good drainage. Happy in a large pot kept evenly moist and in part shade

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Mouse Plant is a hardy plant.

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Mouse Plant Etymology

The flowers are curious and the spathe is tubular at the base,then opens to a forward pointing hood, the other end the spathe tapers to a ‘tail’ and this is the only part of the flower visible above the leaves. Just like a mouse’s tail.

Mouse Plant Folklore & Trivia

Pollenated by fungus gnats.

Other names for Mouse Plant

Mousetail plant, Mouse tail plant

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