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Amorphophallus

amorphophallus rivieri konjac

If you are looking for exotic arpoids them Amorphophallus could be the bulbs for you. Ranging from fairly common and easy to grow varieties to the weird and wonderful this group of tropical to sub tropical plants are best known for the giant A. titanium, however species such as Amorphophallus paeoniifolius or 'Elephant Yam' are also well worth looking for.

These strange but attractive bulbs are not widely grown in the garden, but Amorphophallus bulbs do make a very interesting specimen plant. In warmer zones you can grow these plants outdoors, however in anybarea less than sub tropical they really need to be grown in containers so thatthey can be given protection from any cold weather.

On of the common characteristic of Amorphophallus varieties is the smell of infloresence as it matures, reminisent of rotting meat.

This smell attract the pollinators, so it does have a purpose. It is the shape of the spadix that gives the species their name, literally meaning 'shapeless penis'.

They surrounding spathe is usulally blotched, the flowers of all species look fascinating, in different ways.

 

Varieties

  • Amorphophallus titanum or titan arum.
  • Amorphophallus bulbifer
  • Amorphophallus paeoniifolius or 'Elephant Yam'
  • Amorphophallus rivieri 'konjac' (see picture at right) are the most popular and easy grown species.

    Amorphophallus rivieri 'konjac' and Amorphophallus bulbifer are perhaps two of the more widely grown of the 'Voodoo Lilies'. Not as large as some such as A.titanium, and they are also not a smelly.\

Propagation

Propagation is from seed, or from offsets.

 

Where to buy

GARDINO NURSERY 
Tropical plant nursery specializing in a wide variety of rare and unusual plants. Shipping is available to retail and wholesale customers nationwide. Our web site also contains lots of useful information on a variety of tropical plants (over 500 varieties) and a gardening guide. Includes: Amophophallus variabilis, Amophophallus bulbifer or Voodoo Lily, Amophophallus konjac or Devil's Tongue and others.
www.gardinonursery.com