This little known but easy-to-grow voodoo lily is native to the Yunnan Province of China. The stalks are either solid green or green with grey spots and are each topped with a glossy green leaf. Amorphophallus albus is a fast offsetting species that forms a nice 2' wide patch (in 5 years) in the woodland garden. In spring, just as the leaf emerges, a 1' tall flower stalk appears alongside it with a 6-8" tall flower perched on top. Each flower resembles a large ivory shell showcasing a white, cigar-like appendage...green at the tip and white at the base. For a raucous time in the garden, try interplanting with Alstroemeria 'Princess Monica'!
Over the years, we have noticed a dramatic difference in the quantity of leaf bulbils produced by different clones of Amorphophallus bulbifer. We selected the most prolific producer of bulbils and christened it Amorphophallus 'Old Warty'. When the tubers are large enough, this aroid produces the prototypical 15" tall, phallic pink flowers near ground level in early to mid-June. The leaves of Amorphophallus bulbifer 'Old Warty', which arise in late June (don't call us in May), are held atop 4' tall stalks laden with intercalary (between the leaf segments) bulbils in August and September. You'll have so many bulbils, you can share them with your friends or pass them out to the trick-or-treaters you don't want to return...just kidding.
Amorphophallus bulbifer 'Stemulation' is a quirky voodoo lily that popped up in our seedbed in 2004 with a most unusual characteristic for this aroid species...it produces multiple stems from one tuber which eventually separate, forming a large patch. In theory, this shouldn't be possible since Amorphophallus bulbifer shouldn't do either, but then, we never let our plants read scientific journals. Each tuber will produce up to eight, heavily speckled, 30" tall stems and when the tuber matures, it also produces at least eight of the lovely pink vase-shaped flowers per patch...a very strange and unique plant for the woodland garden.
(aka: Amorphophallus AGA-2461-01) We are thrilled to offer a limited number of plants from a rare cross of two amazing voodoo lilies, Amorphophallus decus-silvae x Amorphophallus variabilis. Amorphophallus decus-silvae has a large inflorescence similar to Amorphophallus titanum while Amorphophallus variabilis has a smaller flower with a white spathe. The offspring should be truly amazing when they flower. Keep in mind that each clone is unique and we have no idea yet what the flowers will look like. Don't miss this very rare opportunity. This cross comes from the work of Australia's Steven Jackson and the photo is of the Amorphophallus decus-silvae parent only.
(aka: Amorphophallus odoratus) Similar to Amorphophallus yunnanensis, Amorphophallus dunnii boasts a peculiar flower stalk that reaches 2' tall, topped with an 8-10" ice cream cone-like flower. The vase (spathe) looks like a green and white speckled cone with a "zipped-open" front...for better exposure. The creamy white, bulbous sexual appendage (spadix) sits like a...well, you know...a sexual appendage inside the red-bottomed spathe. According to amorphophallus guru Wilbert Hetterscheid, the inflorescence of Amorphophallus dunnii smells of fresh carrots, but then who could trust Wilbert's nose after smelling so many amorphophallus? The 2' tall speckled stalk is topped in summer with typical amorphophallus foliage. Amorphophallus dunnii is a fast-offsetting species and an easy one for beginners.
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.
(aka: Amorphophallus henryi HAM-085) Amorphophallus henryi 'O' Henry' is a unique form of the Taiwanese love lily that we got in the 1990s from plantsman Alan Galloway, who got it from Amorphophallus researcher Wilbert Hetterscheid. It was hard for me to believe this clone was really Amorphophallus henryi due to its unusually pointed leaflets and darker foliage that emerges with a lovely pink edge. It wasn't until seeing the odd, erupting, violet red, toilet-like flower that we knew we had to stop doubting the amorphophallus master. We are pleased to finally have enough of this unique gem to share.
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.
(formerly Amorphophallus or Hydrosme rivieri) This unusual hardy tuberous aroid has one giant divided leaf on top of a 4-5' 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 lose weight. We ship quarter-sized or larger tubers that are 3-4 years from flowering size.
Amorphophallus laoticus, which hails 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 inflorescence tops the 5' tall flowering stalk...green splotched on the outside base and purple-black inside...color-coordinated with the long black spadix.
We are pleased to offer this special silver-center leaf form of a 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.
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.
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 taller 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.
Amorphophallus titanum is the Holy Grail of the plant kingdom. All plant nuts have seen pictures and then searched for this rarity...indeed only several hundred specimens are known in cultivation. For those new to the titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum has the world's largest inflorescence...to 8' tall. The giant red vase, with an equally large central spathe, is truly one of the most fragrant wonders of the horticultural world. The giant leaf atop a mottled stalk that can grow to 15' appears after the flower. The seed stalk, which reaches to 6' tall and holds large red berries, is equally unbelievable. It may go dormant only every 2-3 years and, as a rule, Amorphophallus titanum likes it hot! Please do not order this unless you are a passionate and very serious plant NUT!
Hold the phone...hold your nose...cover your eyes...the dazzling Dracunculus vulgaris (aka: Viagra lily or dragon arum) is ready to flower. This amorphophallus cousin from the Mediterranean is equally as bizarre but much more winter hardy. After cold weather ends, the 3' stalk of Dracunculus vulgaris, clothed with only two three-pedate leaves, emerges from the giant bulb and, in late May (NC), is topped with the 18" flower. Picture a fleshy, purple, ruffled vase, from the center of which emerges a fleshy appendage resembling an upside-down purple carrot...call the botanical artists in your neighborhood for this special treat. Just tell them to hold their noses for the first day.
(aka: Sauromatum guttatum, Arum cornutum, Typhonium venosum) This tropical-looking aroid is a relative of arisaemas. In spring, the peculiar inflorescence (flower head) is the first sign of life...it's just life from another planet. Each sauromatum flower stalk is 3' tall and only 1" wide. As it unfurls, the inside is patterned with a rich violet and yellow...the ultimate in weird! A month later, a giant hand-shaped leaf, to 2' across, emerges from the bulb on a very mottled, green and black stem. After flowering, a unique seed head (resembling a 2" round alien space object) forms at the base of the leaf. Eventually, sauromatum corms multiply and make a nice colony...of weird plants.
(aka: Sauromatum giganteum) Typhonium giganteum is a rare Chinese aroid that is a must for collectors of the weird and wonderful. In early summer, the long, nearly white petioles emerge from the tuber to produce 1' long, green, arrowhead-shaped leaves. In midsummer, a truly bizarre 10" tall flower spike emerges on a short stalk at ground level. Each inflorescence is an upright, light purple pitcher with a velvety black lining. From the interior of the pitcher emerges the black "presidential" spadix. The giant voodoo lily does have a memorable fragrance for about a day...how else would an insect be lured to have sex in there? For over a decade we grew these in light shade where they performed well, but when we planted a patch in full sun, they exploded into growth like never before.