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Succulent pinnate leaves on beautifully spotted stems evoke the tropical. Very fun in a container or in a bed shaded from hot afternoon sun. Tubers can become very large, and grapefruit-sized ones or larger may produce a single inflorescence in late winter or spring before the foliage appears. A heavy stalk bears a large, shiny, deep maroon, ruffled 3' spathe (looking a little like vinyl car upholstery) surrounding the 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 plant nut.
Quarter plus sized bulbsMinimum temperature: 10° F