Voodoo Lilies (Amorphophallus)
Amorphophallus are perhaps the most astonishing of the Aroid family – and among the most bizarre of all plants on the planet. With the sudden emergence of the enormous blooms, comes a frankly unpleasant odor designed (effectively) to attract flies as pollinators. The scent fades rapidly, while the blooms last well. After a month or more, look for extraordinary palmate leaves to develop on a highly patterned “petiole” – what would be a trunk if these were the miniature trees these sometimes appear to be.
Amorphophallus are a strange, exciting, show-stopping addition to any shady garden. Are you up for it?