Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Photo by T. Avent taken at Salta, Argentina
Synandrospadix vermitoxicus 'Salta and Peppa'
Salta and Peppa Jungle Cabbage Voodoo Lily
This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.Shop Available Synandrospadix
Item #: 12194
Zones: 8a to 9b, possibly colder
Dormancy: Winter, Fall
Height: 22" tall
(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, and 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, limited offering.