The mouse tail plant which is also called the Arisarum mouse plant is a member of the Arum family and also a cousin to jack-in-the-pulpit. Arisarum mouse plant is native to Spain and Italy, this plant is a tiny interesting woodland plant that can be hard to find. The mouse tail plants are easy keepers, hardy to freezing temperatures, and also perfect for novice gardeners. Continue reading to learn more about growing mouse tail arums.


Information about Mouse Tail Plants

Arisarum mouse plants have extremely unusual, chocolate-colored flowers that are cylindrical in shape and it sit below the leaves with only little “tails” visible. When the plant flowers bunch together, they give the appearance of a family of mice, hence the name. The leaves are arrow-shaped and they have a glossy, green color. Mice appear in very early spring and reach a mature height of just under six inches with an interesting mat-forming habit. In most location, by August, the plant becomes dormant. Arisarum mouse plant are used commonly as a groundcover. Arisarum mouse plant spread quickly and is an excellent option for hard-to-fill areas.  


Growing Arisarum mouse plants

Arisarum mouse plant is easily propagated by dividing the tubers when the plant is dormant. Arisarum mouse plant enjoys morning sun and afternoon shade and in a moist location, the plant will spread rapidly once established. The plant can be invasive, so if you do not want it to take over you can plant it in a container. Arisarum mouse plant makes an ideal rock garden, window box, or container plant and it provide an interesting spring display no matter where it is planted. Make sure you provide plenty of rich soil and mix in a little compost before planting. A two inch (5 cm.) layer of mulch will protect the plant over the winter and also help to retain moisture.


Care of Arisarum Mouse Plant

Arisarum mouse plant care is really quite easy. Just provide plenty of water when the plant is establishing and then also water when the soil feels dry to touch. You will need to provide more water if you are growing the mouse tail plants in a container. You can easily apply compost tea or liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks during the growing season for healthy foliage and blooming. The mouse tail plants are resistant to most bugs and disease, but spider mites are attracted to it. If you actually notice mites, you can spray the plant with an organic garlic pest control spray. The main risk to mouse tail plants is too much moisture during the dormancy period.    

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