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Remusatia vivipara 'Son La'

Son La Hitchhiker Elephant Ear

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Item #: 8753

Zones: 8a to 10b, at least

Dormancy: Winter, Spring

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Vietnam

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

We are pleased to once again offer our exceptional collection of the hitchhiker elephant ear, Remusatia vivipara, from near the northern Vietnam town of Son La where we found it growing in rocky, shaded slopes with Amorphophallus yunnanensis and Disporopsis longifolia. The large, often solitary elephant ear-like, olive green leaves, which don't stick their heads above ground until mid-June (NC) are backed with large purple blotches...most prominent on the new leaves. Mature plants produce bizarre Viagra-induced, rigidly upright stolons clothed with small tubercles. The sticky hitchhiking tubercles will produce new clones of the original plant. Mature plants produce an attractive bright yellow flower in late spring before the leaves emerge. A dry spot in the winter months is key to survival in the ground. In containers, allow Remusatia vivipara to go dormant and keep it above freezing.