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Almanac Planting Voodoo Lily (Amorphophallus konjac) Flower

Voodoo Lily

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Amorphophallus konjac

Overview

Uses: Bulb grown unique flowering perennial. Perfect for outdoor gardens, pots, and patios. 

Benefits: Extraordinary blooms up to 3 feet in size! Very unique! 

Zones: 7 - 11 (intermittent hardiness in zone 6, overwinter indoors in cooler zones)

Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Life Cycle: Perennial 

Mature Height: 5' 

Mature Width: 4' 

Bloom Season: Mid to Late Spring

Summary

Amorphophallus konjac—commonly called Voodoo Lily, and Devil’s Tongue—is probably one of the most unique plants that we sell.

It's best known for its mottled pinkish gray and olive green leaf stalk, and large (3'+) spring flower that smells like rotting flesh. The scent of this flower attracts flies, which act as pollinators. Don't worry too much, the smell typically doesn't last for more than a few days.

Voodoo Lily grows into a single leaf plant, which is made up of leaflets on branches that gives the resemblance of a small tree. The size of the leaf is related to the size of the bulb (tuber). Larger tubers produce larger plants.

Growing from a bulb that is used as a source of food in some Asian countries, this plant may take a few years of establishment to bloom. Larger bulbs are associated with an increased likelihood of a spring bloom.

Care

Voodoo Lily Care

We suggest digging up your Amorphophallus konjac bulbs for overwintering indoors if planted in zones 6 or cooler, although zone 6 is considered by some to be an approved hardiness zone for this plant. 

Plant in the spring to a depth beneath the surface of the soil as deep as the tuber is wide. Make sure that the emerging growth is pointing to the surface. 

We suggest planting in the spring after soil and air temperatures are above 55°F. 

Do not cut off your Voodoo Lily leaf until it has turned completely brown, which should happen sometime in mid to late fall. 

It's suggested to separate new growth from tubers in the spring, not the fall. 

Water regularly and attempt to keep its soil moist. 

Flowers may be covered with a bag or removed if their smell is too unpleasant. 

Size

Size of Voodoo Lily That You Ship

We offer our Amorphophallus konjac as bulbs. We offer these bulbs in three sizes: small, medium, and large. Small bulbs are around 2" - 3" in diameter. Medium bulbs are around 3" - 4" in diameter. Large bulbs are around 4" - 5" in diameter. 

Size of Voodoo Lily When Fully Grown

Amorphophallus konjac typically grows in a somewhat tree-like shape to a maximum size of around 60" high and 48" wide. The size of the plant is very much dependent on the size of its bulb.

Additional Information

Common Names of Amorphophallus konjac

  • Devil’s Tongue

  • Elephant Yam

  • Dragon Plant

Toxicity and Risks of Voodoo Lily

We are unable to find any information that would lead us to believe that Amorphophallus konjac is toxic.

Many parts of this plant are commonly used to produce various types of food.