Synandrospadix vermitoxicus 'Salta and Peppa'
Salta and Peppa Jungle Cabbage Voodoo Lily
Item #: 12194
Zones: 8a to 9b, possibly colder
Height: 22" tall
Culture: Sun to Part Sun
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
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(aka: Synandrospadix D35-01) I'll always remember when I first met the hardy aroid, Synandrospadix vermitoxicus in person. It was 2002...there it was, growing in the middle of the dirt road as we trekked through the Northern Argentina back country. Had a full-fledged Hortgasm...right in the middle of the damn road. Our single clone has thrived in our garden for more than a decade, but now, thanks to our friends at Yucca Do, we finally have enough seed-propagated plants to share. Synandrospadix 'Salta and Peppa' comes from the Salta region of Northern Argentina where it grows at 3,200' elevation...dramatically more winter hardy than the commercial green leaf form from warmer Columbia. When grown in dry, sunny sites, Synandrospadix vermitoxicus will reward you with upright glaucous blue-green, rubbery leaves that form a tight vase-shaped clump. The clumps are topped in late June with 1' tall stalks bearing amazing, tortoise shell-shaped, lightly-fragrant (no, it doesn't smell like lilacs) flowers. Each inflorescence (spathe and spadix) resembles abstract screensaver art...dark and light green stripes on the outside and dark and light purple stripes on the interior, serving as background for its alien looking, multiple impregnation point, purple sex organ. Synandrospadix doesn't emerge from dormancy until early to mid-June, so please don't call us in May wondering why your plant died. This is a very special, likely one-time offering.