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Remusatia vivipara

Hitchhiker Elephant Ear

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Item #: 4440

Zones: 7b to 10b

Dormancy: Winter, Spring

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Shade

Origin: Australia, Himalayan Mountains

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

This bizarre genus of easy-to-grow aroids usually occurs in the wild as epiphytes (growing without soil on trees or rocks). Despite this alternate lifestyle, Remusatia vivipara makes a superb garden plant in the soil as well. In late spring, the very glossy green leaves emerge, forming a dwarf clump to 2-3' tall. Once the tuber is large enough, the new foliage will be accompanied by cool, fragrant, yellow flowers. In late summer, remusatias show why they were banished into a separate genus with their bizarre stolons that arise from the tuber and grow erect to 10" tall. Each stolon is laden with tiny fuzzy hooked tubercles (bulbils in need of a shave), which can be used to propagate more plants. In Third World countries, a rub derived from the tubers is used to treat arthritic pain. If you like unusual plants or have aching joints, Remusatia vivipara is a must!