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Typhonium venosum
Voodoo Lily
Size
Large tubers
Availability: In stock
£2.99
Quick Overview
  • Spectacular foliage
  • Exotic inflorescence
  • Grows 60-100cm high
  • Hardy in a warm, sheltered and sunny position
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Typhonium venosum, the Voodoo Lily, was previously named Sauromatum venosum and has had a large number of taxonomoic synonyms over the years. Native to a wide geographical region from Africa across to China, this stunning aroid is one of the hardiest of all the exotic aroids and will thrive in most British gardens in a warm sunny spot. A very tropical-looking aroid, it has an extravagant exotic foliage, mid-green with a slight blueish haze, that is highly phototropic and leans dramatically towards the light.

In the late spring/early summer, the Voodoo Lily's extraordinary inflorescence, like some glossy grey-purplish-black horn, pokes out of the ground, growing rapidly, almost visibly, and it doesn't stop growing until it is about 2 or more feet tall, when, with its elongated poker-like tip and bulbous egg-timer shaped base, all resting on a short white lilac spotted stalk, it looks not unlike the horns of some emerging subterranean devil.

A large clump of these is particularly effective. As the spathe unfolds it reveals an intense black spadix which remains prominently and suggestively erect like a sinister black antennae while the spathe continues to fold back, displaying its internal pattern of rich purplish brown and pus-coloured yellow with a distinctly velvet sheen.

The spathe continues to unfurl over several days until it rests flaccid like a long mottled tongue, emitting a delightful fragrance which some people unkindly liken to rotten flesh but I personally think is more a strong melange of curry plant and fecal matter. After flowering, large clumps of dark purple seeds form, held aloft above the ground.

An easy and highly rewarding hardy aroid. 


Additional Information

Order Alismatales
Family Araceae
Sub-Family Aroideae
Synonyms Sauromatum venosum, Sauromatum guttatum, Sauromatum pedatum, Alocasia pedata , Arum cornutum, Arum clavatum, Arum fugax, Arum guttatum, Arum pedatum, Arum sessiliflorum, Arum simlense, Arum venosum, Desmesia venosum, Jaimenostia fernandopoana, Sauromatum abyssinicum, Sauromatum angolense, Sauromatum nubicum, Sauromatum pulchrum, Sauromatum punctatum, Sauromatum sessiliflorum, Sauromatum simlense
Geographical Origin Central tropical Africa, through Southern Arabia, Yemen, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar, China
Cultivation Full Sun. Well-drained but moist humus-rich soil. Keep it well mulched
Eventual Height 1-1.25 m
Eventual Spread 2 m
Hardiness Tubers are hardy in most of the UK. Survives down to -20 C
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  1. Very happy!
    I expected one tuber and received two, so double happy. And impressed they were dusted in sulphur to prevent moulds. They were well protected by packing and look very healthy. Both show signs of a growing tip - in January. (And it means I won't plant them upside down!) They'll look great under my bananas, not too close to sensitive noses.

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  2. Fantastic
    Looks like this will be spectacular on my roof garden-it's in a warm protected area and so far has enjoyed hot weather and rain storms and looks happy in a pot. I'll keep an eye on it, but the gorgeous speckled stalk quickly returned to upright after it's journey. Arrived in good, healthy condition in hot weather. Very excited to see it's next year!

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  3. Very happy with my order
    Plants arrived in very good condition and delivery was swift, can't wait until next year to experience the bloom of this unusual plant.

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  4. Nice plant
    Arrived quickly and well packaged. Soon picked up after planting and has grown well.

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  5. very pleased
    all plants on my order were well packed and in good health can wait to see them grown! many thanks

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  6. brilliant
    One of my neighbours has this and have lusted after it ever since I saw it. I kept dropping hints to him for an offset but it never seemed to work. So, thank you, it will look good up against the wall.

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  7. Many thanks
    Thankyou, excellent. Well packaged, safe delivery.

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  8. great plant ...
    excited finally to have this plant - can't wait 'til it flowers - thankyou very much - excellent healthy root

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Voodoo Lily
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