Succulent pinnate leaves on beautifully spotted stems evoke the tropical. They're interesting in a container or work well in a bed shaded from hot afternoon sun. Tubers can become very large; grapefruit-sized or larger tubers can produce a single inflorescence in late winter or spring before the foliage appears. A heavy stalk bears a large, shiny, deep maroon and ruffled 3-foot spathe (looking a little like vinyl car upholstery) that surrounds a longer pale green to purple or mottled spadix—a bit shocking really. Incidentally, the bloom produces an odor like carrion to attract pollinating flies. Wow your friends and neighbors with this rare plant and even more rare bloom. Not for the faint of heart, but definitely for the adventuresome. Ships when dormant.
Minimum temperature: 10° F