(A. ovale inaense)
This has fairly recently been recognised as not just another variant of ovale but a species in its own right, different in shape and size as well as being genetically distinct. Our plants blur the line however as they make offsets and this is not typical. Although the stock came to us with the name inaense, it may be a very distinct, unusually coloured form of ovale, which is itself a rare species in a rarer form.
It has a five-part leaf, made in spring below a lovely caramel brown and white spathe which is speckled in bands along its length. The spathe wraps around a polished, brown spotted spadix and the brown is a lovely warm shade.
A rare native of Japanese woodlands, happy in the garden in a humus-rich soil in a habitat that is shaded once the plant is in leaf in summer. It is however early flowering and will take full sun at that time. Very hardy and cold tolerant.