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Amorphophallus konjac

Phonetic Spelling
a-mor-fo-FAL-us KON-jak
Description

Voodoo Lily is a perennial plant found in forest margins and thickets in China.  It has glossy brown edible corms (bobo-tuber) that produce rhizomatous offsets each year.  The large showy flowers are purple and appear in the spring.  They have a strong foul odor.  

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Albus
    Dwarf White Voodoo Lily
Albus
Tags:
#malodorous
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Albus
    Dwarf White Voodoo Lily
Albus
Tags:
#malodorous
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Amorphophallus
    Species:
    konjac
    Family:
    Araceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Used as a food source and traditional medicine in Asia.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China
    Edibility:
    The tubers are starchy and edible WHEN COOKED like a potato. It is commonly dried and ground into a flour and used in noodles and tofu.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Perennial
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10a, 10b, 11b, 11a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spadix
    Flower Description:
    Flowers emit a stinky odor and are pollinated by flies.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Bipinnate
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Malodorous