More Information About Pseudodracontium
The genus Pseudodracontium consists of 7 (soon to be 8) exotic plant species in the Araceae family (whose members we call Aroids). Pseudodracontium species are all native to southeast Asia and they are closely related to Amorphophallus. So close, in fact, that there is a movement in the world of Aroid taxonomists to fold Pseudodracontium into Amorphophallus based on separate genetic studies done in 1992, 2002, and 2004.
Like all aroids, Pseudodracontium flowers are constructed of a specialized bract called a spathe that wraps around a cluster of tiny flowers on a cylindrical structure called a spadix. Pseudodracontium flowers and leaves emerge directly from an underground tuber in early summer here in NC and form a typically attractive (if you like aroids) clump. Being from southeast Asia, Pseudodracontium likes warm, humid weather and consistently moist soils during the growing season. In the winter, Pseudodracontium needs to be kept fairly dry, so plant the bulbs in a well-drained soil. Pseudodracontium can be grown in full sun but prefers a little bit of shade. So far, we have not found any pseudodracontium that are hardy outdoors in Zone 7b, so think of these as houseplants. When you are ready to buy pseudodracontiums, we hope you'll check out our online list of pseudodracontium for sale.