Green Dragon

By William T. Hathaway

Green Dragon (Arisaema dracontium)

I have been photographing wildflowers since 1965. According to the date on my color slide this picture was taken in June, 1973. Since then I have found no other specimen of this species growing within Pittsylvania County. Back in those days the Country Club Woods in south Danville was a haven for wildflowers; rich north-facing hillsides and bottomland streambeds provided the environmental needs for our impressive local flora.

Although I had found the scarlet berries of the Jack-in-the-pulpit, the orange berries of the Green Dragon have yet to be on my list of discoveries.

By the way, upriver Dan River alluvial soils and hillside sites still present a rich realm of botanical findings.