Plant Common Name
A bizarre, summer-growing plant with malodorous flowers, this tuberous perennial is native from northern India eastward to Myanmar (Burma). Considered not as bad smelling as others, this species is among the most striking in bloom, with upright, pinkish spathes on mottled stalks in spring. A large compound leaf arises on a mottled stem in late spring and persists until fall, when it collapses almost literally overnight. In autumn, small bulbils which can grow into plants form on the leaf margins.
This tropical oddity needs a fertile, well drained soil, bright filtered light, and ample water while in leaf. The plant goes dormant in winter, when it should receive little or no moisture. It is an excellent subject for containers or tropical gardens.
Container, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical
Sharp or Has Thorns