Sauromatum venosum (Voodoo Lily)

Height: 3 feet
Spread: 12 inches
Light: Partial shade
Soil: Amended, well-drained soil.
Description: WEIRD-O! Speckled stems are topped by large, finger-like leaves following flowering. Stem and leaves resemble an Amorphophallus (Arum), and are also somewhat reminiscent of jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema). Not evergreen. The unique, slender flower gives off a putrid smell for the first 24-hours. Almost like rotting flesh, this odor attracts flies and other carrion-feeding insects that the plant relies on to pollinate itself. Typical bloom time is early summer. Reliably perennial in Atlanta. A unique garden conversation piece!

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