This is an unusual small perennial from the Mediterranean that flowers in autumn with weird blackish-purple striped hooded spathes on a plant just 15 cm tall. It is possibly a subspecies of Arisarum vulgare. The inflorescences are compelling: reminding me of either large leeches or tiny cobras lurking amidst the silver-spotted, heart-shaped leaves. Arisarum belong to the Araceae (or aroid) family of plants, which have characteristically unusual spathe flowers. They are not beautiful in the conventional sense of a rose or a lily, but they offer unusual shapes and an element of surreal intrigue to the garden when they flower - as well as being conversation pieces when showing people round!