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Typhonium giganteum
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Typhonium giganteum

Giant Voodoo Lily

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Item #: 2536

Zones: 7a to 9b

Height: 20" tall

Culture: Sun to Light Shade

Origin: China

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


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(aka: Sauromatum giganteum) Typhonium giganteum is a rare Chinese aroid that is a must for collectors of the weird and wonderful. In early summer, the long, nearly white petioles emerge from the tuber to produce 1' long, green, arrowhead-shaped leaves. In midsummer, a truly bizarre 10" tall flower spike emerges on a short stalk at ground level. Each inflorescence is an upright, light purple pitcher with a velvety black lining. From the interior of the pitcher emerges the black "presidential" spadix. The giant voodoo lily does have a memorable fragrance for about a day...how else would an insect be lured to have sex in there? For over a decade we grew these in light shade where they performed well, but when we planted a patch in full sun, they exploded into growth like never before.