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.
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.
Frost tender min, 10C. Requires partial shade and humus-rich soil kept continuously moist during growing season. Keep tubers dry in winter.
Propagate by seed in spring or by offsets in spring or summer.
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