Arisaro (Arisarum vulgare)

The Arisarum vulgare is a genus of plants that produces flowers, which is within the Araceae family ; It stands out not only for being the only genus belonging to the Arisareae, but also because of its peculiar flowers. But if what you want is to know more about this plant to decide whether or not it is really convenient for you to have it in your home or not, you cannot miss this post.

This consists of small herbaceous and evergreen plants, which normally do not reach a height greater than 30 cm and which tend to spread through their rhizomes. It has interesting leaves that are of a vivid green tone and are usually born from the base of the plant having an oval or horned shape.


The Arisarum vulgare stands out for having quite peculiar flowers due to the fact that they have a tube shape, which could be compared to the image of a friar wearing a hood. Its flowering occurs in late autumn and lasts until early spring.

It should also be mentioned that these plants usually have certain inflorescences that are distinguished by being surrounded by a modified leaf, called spathe, which gives them an air very similar to that of the inflorescence of some carnivorous plant, although unlike what Many people might think, the truth is that this plant is not carnivorous at all.

Care Arisarum vulgare

Regarding its care, it should be noted that this plant usually grows better when planted in soils that have an alkaline, acid or neutral pH ; while its underground part can normally achieve greater vigor by having substrates whose texture is loamy or sandy, since they manage to remain slightly damp.

Regarding its irrigation, it must be taken into account that it may vary depending on various factors, such as trying to maintain constant soil humidity, always considering its texture, exposure to sunlight, temperature and environmental humidity, etc.

In the same way, it should be mentioned that this plant tends to develop adequately when it is exposed to semi-shade or shade, being protected from sunlight during the hottest hours of the day. In addition, they have the ability to tolerate occasional frost, which is of a reduced intensity.

Although it is capable of developing within stony soils, they tend to prefer those that have organic matter and have a good drainage system. The most convenient thing is usually to water it periodically in order to ensure that the soil is always slightly damp but making sure to avoid puddles.

Also, before watering, it is important to wait, at least, for the surface part of the soil to dry. This plant stands out for not requiring any type of pruning or the application of special fertilizers.

Plagues and diseases

The Arisarum vulgare is considered a plant that has a high level of resistance not only against disease, but also to pests; however, in some cases it may be attacked by both slugs and snails.


The useful parts of Arisarum vulgare consist of both its leaves and the rhizome; while as active components it is possible to indicate starches and saponin, as well as other substances that have not yet been fully determined.

It is necessary to mention that the whole plant is usually extremely toxic, especially when it comes to its underground parts, which is why its internal use is not recommended. However, used topically, it is considered to have certain medicinal properties, such as laxative, expectorant, diuretic, bronchitic and even aphrodisiac, being equally useful also as a healing.

Its use must be carried out strictly under medical prescription and the supervision of a specialist. In the same way, it is an ideal plant for coastal gardens. If it is ornamental, remember to take into account its care to ensure its good condition, but medicinally you should not forget that it is a toxic plant.

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