Plants in this genus are spring- or summer-flowering tuberous or rhizomatous perennials of moist woodlands. They are most notable for their showy and unusual hooded, funnel-shaped, fleshy spikes enclosing the insignificant flowers, often followed by colorful red to orange berries
Noteworthy CharacteristicsGrown for the attractive, unusual, and distinctive hooded flowers.
CarePlant tubers or rhizomes 2-10 inches deep in autumn. Grow in moist well-drained soil, neutral to acidic, in part shade.
PropagationMost species produce offsets which can be removed in autumn.
ProblemsSlugs and vine weevils. Rust, anthracnose, leaf blight, and mosaic.