Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sauromatum venosum - Voodoo Lily

Native to Asia and Africa; the Voodoo Lily is generally grown as an attrative foliage plant but also has an interesting flower display. The Voodoo Lily can reach up to 3 feet tall with a large solitary leaf up to 18 inches across that is composed of 7 to 13 leaflets. The foliage is glossy, mid green with gray veins.
The flowers is a large spaethe up to 28 inches long that is translucent yellow and very heavily spotted maroon red. The spadix extension is also maroon red and is up to 18 inches long.
The fruits are round and covered in black seeds.
Hardy zones 6 to 9 and requires light to medium shaded sites with moist, humus-rich, well drained soil. The tubers will survive the winter outdoors if the soil does not freeze. Mulch heavily in zones 6 through 8.

'Indian Giant'
Reaching up to 3 feet tall with huge leaves up to 30 inches across

* photo taken on 4th of July 2010 in Washington, D.C.

* photo taken on July 17 2010 @ Morris Arboretum, Philly, PA

* photos taken @ Smithsonian Inst, Wash., DC on Aug 25 2014

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