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Amorphophallus paeoniifolius
Common Name: Elephant Foot Yam Family: Araceae (The Arum Family)

A weird and wonderful plant from the Arum family, Amorphophallus paeoniifolius, is one of the most dramatic of the genus with a crumpled, burgundy spathe and a creamy-white central spadix. The stems are beautifully mottled with cream and green. The bulb will go dormant by fall. Bring the pot inside to a cool, dry place and do not water during dormancy. Begin watering when you see the spike of the tightly-furled stem poking out of the soil in spring. Photo: Wikipedia.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan

Europe and Africa - Southern Africa and Madagascar

Asia and the Pacific - Pacific Islands

Asia and the Pacific - Indian Subcontinent

Native Habitat:
Loose leafy detritus in moist shady habitats.

ClassDeciduous Primary Bloom ColourPurple
TypeTender Secondary Bloom ColourWhite/Cream
Height2-4' Bloom TimeSpring
Spread12-24" FragranceYes
Light ExposurePart Shade Part Sun Foliage ColourGreen
Soil Moisture Stem ColourSpeckled Stem
Hardiness9-10 BerriesNo
BC NativeNo

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