Colocasia (elephant ears), Alocasia (upright elephant ear), Arisaema
(jack in the pulpit, cobra lily), Amorphophallus (Voodoo Lily), Pinellia (false jack in the pulpit), Arum (arum lily), Sauromatum (voodoo
lily), Remusatia (false elephant ear), Dracunculus (dragon arum lily), Arisarum (mouse plant), Biarum (half arum), Peltandra (arrow
If you are looking for unique plants, then you've come to the right place.
The garden perennials known as Aroids are a group of very unique plants and are also some of the most popular perennial plants here at
Plant Delights due to their unusual spathe and spadix flower. Aroids thrive in a variety of habitats...some prefer a sunny spot and
others are woodland garden shade plants. Aroids are exotic plants that vary in size , shape and texture from the impressive elephant ears
(Alocasia, Colocasia) to the diminutive Mouse Plant (Arisarum) and green dragon
(Pinellia). If you are looking a really unique and unusual perennial for your garden, try an aroid.
Read More About Aroids
Members of the aroid family also include the voodoo lilies (Amorphophallus, Dracunculus, and Sauromatum), woodland
plants whose anatomically incorrect flowers appear out of nowhere a month before their leaves in the spring. Some aroids are bizarre
flowering perennials but many are prized just for their large, highly textural, deeply lobed, and sometimes variegated foliage. One of the most popular and widely
known aroids is Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema) that preaches the gospel every spring.
Plant Delights Nursery has one of
the largest collections of aroids and other unique plants for sale in the country. We are continually adding new aroid specimens to our
plant catalog so check back often.
Since 1988, Plant Delights Nursery has been the choice of serious gardeners
and plant collectors looking for the best and rarest perennial plants. We are pleased to have received the Perennial Plant Association
Retail Award in 2011, the American Horticulture Society Commercial Award in 2002, and to have been selected as one of the Best Mail Order
Plant Sources - Garden Design Magazine 2010. Welcome to our family of plant lovers!
Amorphophallus ferruginosus is an Alan Galloway discovery from Laos that was published as a new species in 2012. Amorphophallus ferruginosus has a lovely rusty iron red stalk with large silver spots emerging from an incredibly bumpy brown tuber. The short pink-violet flower stalks are topped with a pure white cup holding a pure white spadix. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
(aka: Amorphophallus sp. AGA -872B/PDN001) Amorphophallus fuscus comes via an Alan Galloway expedition to Northern Thailand. Amorphophallus fuscus closely resembles Amorphophallus krausei with 2' tall grey/tan stalks adorned with large brown/black blotches. The flowers, also held on 2' tall flower stalks are topped with a creamy white cup...brown on the outside and holding an erect white spadix inside. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
(Amorphophallus harmandii AGA-805) This Alan Galloway collection of Amorphophallus harmandii comes from Lop Buri, Thailand. Amorphophallus harmandii 'Lop Buri' is taller than the other forms we grow, with petioles that reach 2' tall. Additionally the leaves are glaucous, compared to the more typical green. This is not the same species as Pseudodracontium harmandii, which we feel is mistakenly combined with the genus amorphophallus. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
From Taiwan comes this amazingly hardy dwarf voodoo lily. In flower, expect a spathe that resembles one of those '60s vinyl lawn chairs with ruffled edges, while emerging from the center is a spadix that...well, even Bob Dole could be proud of. The spadix of Amorphophallus henryi emerges looking like a giant purple carrot that later develops a bad case of acne before it goes limp. After flowering, and if it had really good sex, you'll soon enjoy seeing the 1' tall spike of dark blue berries. Once the tuber has rested from the flowering episode, expect a 2' tall, speckled green petiole with white blotches to arise, topped by a giant divided leaf. Amorphophallus henryi is one of the most prolific offsetting species we grow, so there'll be plenty to share with your equally demented neighbors. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Amorphophallus impressus hails from Malawi, Africa where it forms stoloniferous patches of 30" tall stalks. The inflorescences resemble Amorphophallus henryi with the classic phallic spadix emerging from what appears to be a red toilet seat. This particular clone has a darker brown stalk than what we find is typical. Amorphophallus impressus must be kept dry in dormant months. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Amorphophallus kiusianus has proven to be one of the most durable and hardiest of the Amorphophallus species, rivaling Amorphophallus konjac. In early spring, the 3' tall green- and white-speckled flower stalk is topped with a cute 6" tall green- and white-spotted vase (that's vaaazze for you rich folks). Shooting out from the center of the vase is the spadix, like an 8" long purple-tipped spear (must not be shown to kids under 18!). After flowering and then resting for a year, a solitary 4' tall fleshy petiole emerges from the tuber, topped with a giant shredded umbrella-type leaf. Although the tuber offsets slowly, Amorphophallus kiusianus is one of the few self-fertile amorphophallus species (it can have both sex and babies without a partner). Our plants are probably 2-3 years away from flowering size. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
(formerly Amorphophallus or Hydrosme rivieri) This unusual hardy tuberous aroid has one giant divided leaf on top of a 5-6' tall, green and purple mottled, fleshy stalk (petiole). When old enough, the tuber produces a fascinating 5' flower (early May, before the leaf emerges), resembling a giant vase made from the purple vinyl used for cheap '70s car seats. The vase (spathe) is home to a 3' purple spadix that sits atop a 2' speckled petiole...gather your neighbors for the fragrant flowering ritual. After flowering, the plant may rest for months before the leaf emerges in late June. The mother tuber will form offsets, eventually making a giant clump...very exotic and unusual! Amorphophallus konjac has long been prized medicinally for its weight loss properties and is now used in many weight loss products. If you've ever eaten Amorphophallus konjac cooked you can easily understand why it would make you loose weight. We ship quarter-sized or larger tubers that are 3-4 years from flowering size. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
This unusual form of Amorphophallus krausei was discovered by Amorphophallus guru Wilbert Hetterscheid while on a rugged botanizing expedition to England's Kew Gardens. We have been unable to determine the origin of this clone, but the species hails from Northern Thailand, Southern China, and Burma (Myanmar). The 3' tall smooth greyish stem is highlighted by irregular black spots. In appearance, it resembles Amorphophallus asterostigmatus, topped with a glaucous leaf. The flasher-appropriate, greenish-white, 8" tall spathe partially obscures its equally long sex organ. Hetterscheid describes the flower fragrance as "reminiscent of a gas leak." We recommend a dose of Beano with every watering. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Amorphophallus laoticus from the woodlands of Laos has long been one of our favorite voodoo lilies. The narrow segmented foliage emerges black, often with a faint red edge. The leaf petiole of Amorphophallus laoticus eventually reaches 2' tall. Once the tuber is large enough, the dramatic inflorescense tops the 5' tall flowering stalk...green splotched on the outside base and purple black inside...color coordinated with the long black spadix. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Amorphophallus laoticus 'Silver Center' is a highly prized form of the Laotian voodoo lily with dark, nearly black, narrowly segmented leaves, each highlighted by a lovely central silver pattern. The 5' tall flowering spike is also a sight to behold. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
We are pleased to offer this 2004 Alan Galloway discovery which was named as a new species in 2007. Amorphophallus myosuroides was discovered growing on vertical, shaded rock ledges in the Khammouane Province of Laos. The tiny but rapidly offsetting tuber produces a solitary, light green, radial leaf atop each 8" tall stalk. Within a few weeks of the leaf appearing, an 8" tall white mousetail-like (the genus Myosurus means "mousetail") inflorescence appears on a separate 8" tall stalk. Amorphophallus myosuroides re-flowers up to 3 times during the summer. We owe Alan a round of applause for finding this gem. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
This native to India and Nepal has proven to be one of the easiest to grow and most reliable amorphophallus in our garden. You'll love the 3' tall, fleshy tan and black patterned petiole...especially if you are a closet petiolephile. At the top of each petiole sits a radial leaf, resembling a miniature palm tree. For us, Amorphophallus napalensis has remained solitary unlike the spreading Amorphophallus konjac. Once the bulb is large enough to flower, the flower will emerge in late June on an 18" stalk topped with a cute, artificial-looking green shell with an anatomical member emerging from the base...guaranteed to be the hit at your next aroid party! Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
(aka Amorphophallus ochroleucus AGA-831) This little-known species hails from the Gai Lai province of North Vietnam. This lovely clone, with an 18" tall olive stem highlighted by black-purple spots, is topped with a solitary palm-like leaf. Amorphophallus ochroleucus is unique among related species such as Amorphophallus krausei and Amorphophallus salmoneus in that it flowers in midsummer while the plant is in foliage. The inflorescence is composed of a short flesh-colored spathe stained in purple, cuddling a creamy white spadix...very cute as amorphophallus go. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Amorphophallus ongsakulii is one of the most unique miniature species in the genus Amorphophallus...only discovered in 2004 and then named and described in 2006. The species was discovered in the Khammouane Province of Laos by Alan Galloway and Annop Ongsakul (for whom it was named). The tiny pinhead-sized tuber produces a 3" tall stem topped with a leaf which resembles a cutleaf fern. The equally tiny flower emerges alongside the mature leaves. Amorphophallus ongsakulii is an incredibly cute and very easy-to-grow plant...perfect for a windowsill. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Available 7-11-2013 Amorphophallus paeoniifolius 'Thailand Giant' is the latest "Land of the Giants" aroid introduction from plantsman, Alan Galloway. Alan discovered this giant population of Amorphophallus paeoniifolius in Phang Nga, Thailand in 2011. The plants there were a massive 9' tall with a 9' wing span...each more than 1/3 larger than a typical NBA center. Each resulting seed-grown plant will be different, but we anticipate the giant size should result in equally large offspring. The offspring vary in petiole color from solid green to dark brown with blotches. When the tuber gets large enough to flower, you'll be amazed at the bizarre blush pink wrinkly dome that, with hair, could be mistaken for Keith Richards face...get your own satisfaction by growing one today. In winter, container grown plants should be removed from the pot and the tuber stored dry and above freezing. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
(aka: Amorphophallus pygmaeus AGA-1052F) This seedling is one we pulled out of an Alan Galloway seed collection from Thailand. Instead of the typical nearly black foliage, this one has amazing pewter foliage. So far, Amorphophallus 'Pewter Pan' has remained quite small, and we anticipate a full grown plant will reach only 6" in height...very cute! When mature, the tuber produces a 15" flowering stalk, topped with a creamy pink spathe and an oversized white spadix. We only have a limited quantity of these, so don't delay. The tuber of Amorphophallus pygmaeus can be stored dry when dormant. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
(aka: Amorphophallus sylvaticus AGA-1498-01) The rarely seen Amorphophallus sylvaticus hails from Southern India and into Sri Lanka, where it forms a 2' tall stalk, topped with a glossy green leaf. The bizarre flower stalk consists of a tiny white cup with a thin long brown spadix that is far too big for the spathe. Our offering is from a Berthold Suchy collection in Sri Lanka. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
(aka: Amorphophallus symonianus Home #2) This Mary Sizemore discovery from north central Thailand is named for the late amorphophallus enthusiast, Dr. James Symon. In 2006, we saw Amorphophallus symonianus growing in rock crevices around some of the Buddhist temples. It is one of the easier species to grow in containers, forming a 2' tall specimen with an olive-green speckled petiole, topped by a green leaf. The unique feature of Amorphophallus symonianus is that it forms intercalary bulbs in the fall. You'll recognize the blessed event when the leaf swells where it is attached to the petiole like an alien trying to emerge from within. The green spathe is home to an almost human-like, perfectly shaped, white spadix. This clone is vegetatively propagated. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Amorphophallus vogelianus is a voodoo lily species native to the Chiang Dao region of Northern Thailand that closely resembles two other Thai species, Amorphophallus sizemoreae and Amorphophallus saururus. The key difference is the vertical tuber of Amorphophallus vogelianus and the slightly more obtuse leaf tip. The light pink stalk is topped by a velvety black green leaf with a reddish margin. The white spathe is home to a long white spadix that greatly exceeds the spathe. Amorphophallus vogelianus is named after Art Vogel, greenhouse manager of the amorphophallus collection at the University of Leiden at the time. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
We are pleased to finally be able to release another of the voodoo lilies from Yunnan, China where it grows to 8,000' elevation. Amorphophallus yuloensis produces a 2' tall green stalk (occasionally with a few silver spots), topped with a large, deeply cut, tropical-looking leaf. The creamy flower is very similar to Amorphophallus yunnanensis, except that Amorphophallus yuloensis is perched on a shorter stalk (4"), but is slightly more endowed in the length of its creamy "organ." After flowering, Amorphophallus yuloensis produces a stunning stalk of blue fruit, equaling the beauty of the flower. Amorphophallus yuloensis rarely offsets underground, but instead forms warty offsets on top of the leaf, in the manner of Amorphophallus bulbifer...except they are more flattened. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)