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Amorphophallus Genus

Snake palm

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General Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilHumus-rich
  • WaterMoist

Description

Amorphophallus genus (Snake palm). This is a large genus of around 200 tuberous perennials, cultivated for their huge and dramatic, but foul smelling spathes which surround tiny flowers on stout spadices.

Characteristics

Perennials, Herbaceous

Other common names

Devil's tongue

Origin

West Africa to the Pacific Islands.

The name 'Amorphophallus' is from the Greek word 'Amorpha' meaning 'misformed' or 'without form' and 'phallus' which is another word for penis, and refers to the central spathe.

Interest and use

Ornamental.

Cultivation

Frost tender min, 10C. Requires partial shade and humus-rich soil kept continuously moist during growing season. Keep tubers dry in winter.

Propagation

Propagate by seed in spring or by offsets in spring or summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Trouble free.

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