Thanks to all who visited and watched online! We will post a complete video of Peter's first bloom soon!
Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Garden is excited to announce its first flowering of the rare Titan Arum...Amorphophallus titanum, named Peter Grande. The trend of naming Amorphophallus clones is both a great way to keep track of flowering clones as well as a source of great amusement. Some of the more unusual names include Audrey, Rotney, The Amazing Stinko, Carrion My Wayward Son, Pepe Le Pew, Morticia, and Pewtunia.
Our Titan arum flower began to open on July 6 around 1:30pm. This coincided with the first weekend of Plant Delights' Summer Open Nursery and Garden Days, which are July 6-8 and July 13-15 this year. The nursery was open extended evening hours until 8pm to allow ample opportunity to witness this rare horticultural occurrence.
Peter Grande's Growth Chart
Amorphophallus titanum has a larger than life reputation because of its enormous floral show…the largest unbranched inflorescence in the plant kingdom, ranging from 3' to 12’ tall. The inflorescence, which is often called a "flower", remains open for only 24-48 hours.
Native to the understory of the Sumatran rainforest, where it is considered a highly vulnerable species, Amorphophallus titanum has been in cultivation since at least 1889 when a specimen flowered at the UK's Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Since then, just over 570 Titan Arums have flowered in cultivation worldwide, with just over 350 of those being in the United States.
The Plant Delights specimen, Peter Grande, was the ninth to flower in North Carolina. In 2005, Plant Delights Nursery learned that UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens had lost their large Amorphophallus titanum due to a winter greenhouse heater failure, so it donated its largest specimen to the gardens, which flowered there in 2007…the first recorded flowering of a Titan Arum in North Carolina. Our current flowering Titanum is 8 years old, and was propagated here from a leaf cutting.
As part of our mission to propagate and share rare plants, Plant Delights Nursery has sold over 1100 nursery propagated plants (since 1997) of Amorphophallus titanum to gardeners around the world. Small plants of Amorphophallus will be available for purchase during the flower viewing, as well as on our website, as long as our supply lasts.
For the last three years, we have worked to compile a comprehensive listing of all documented Amorphophallus titanum flowerings, since the best list we could find on-line missed nearly 300 flowerings. We have also included the flower dates, sizes, plant history, etc. If you know of any more that we’ve missed, please let us know.
Click here to view our sortable table of historic Amorphophallus titanum flowerings.
Juniper Level Botanic Garden is a research and conservation botanic garden, supported currently by Plant Delights mail order nursery. To ensure that the garden and its work remains viable, our endowment is set up through the NC Agricultural Foundation at NC State University. To contribute, make checks payable to NC Ag Foundation and specify Juniper Level Botanic Garden endowment. Checks can be dropped off at the nursery and garden or mailed directly to NC Agricultural Foundation.
Learn More About Amporphophallus titanum
- JLBG Adjunct Researcher Alan Galloway, the world's leading Amorphophallus expert, will be on hand to answer questions and inform visitors about this amazing species.
- Check out our article with tips to help you grow your own Titan Arum.
- The Royal Botanic Garden, Kew has a page with detailed information on Amorphophallus titanum in general, and their recent flowerings.
Amorphophallus titanum Trivia
- 1889 - The first Titanum to flower in cultivation; England's Kew Gardens
- Only 52 Titanums had flowered in cultivation at the turn of the Millenium, year 2000
- The 100th Titanum to flower occurred in July 2004 at The University of Washington
- 351 Amorphophallus titanums have flowered in the US, and an additional 223 worldwide
- 55 each - California and New Hampshire are tied for the most Titanum flowerings
- 20 states have never flowered a Titanum, and another 6 states have only managed 1 flower
- Only 22 countries have flowered a Titanum in cultivation
- 55 - The most flowers by a single individual/garden in the US is retired dental surgeon Louis Ricciardiello of New Hampshire
- 67 - The foreign country with the most Amorphophallus flowering is Germany
- Only 36 recorded Titanum flowers have exceeded 8' in height, and only 7 of those occurred in the US
- 147" (12' 3") - The tallest Titanum inflorescence was recorded at the Cibodas Botanic Garden, Bogor, Indonesia in 2016
- 64" - Average Titanum flower height in the US
- 83" - Average flower height outside the US
- 14-21 - Number of days from flower bud emergence to opening
- 13 Titanum flowerings have resulted in successful seed set
- 287 lbs. - The heaviest recorded Titanum tuber was in 2013 at the National Botanic Garden of Belgium, Meise
- 130,000 - The most recorded visitors to see a flowering Titanum was in 2013 at the US Botanic Garden
- 34,000 - The most recorded visitors to see a flowering Titanum outside the US was in 1970 in Java
- 13,334 - Average attendance per flowering in the US
- 11,381 - Average attendance per flowering outside the US