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Amorphophallus cicatricifer

[USDA zone 10+ ]


These plants are ¾” – 1" tuber offsets in 2" plastic rose pots.  With proper culture I expect these will flower in 2-3 years.


I can find no information on the hardiness, but base my guestimate on it native habitat. This plant is to be considered a tropical and should be grown as a seasonally dormant tropical similar to Dahlia. A warm dry rest is needed. Tubers should not be permitted to drop below 50F.  I believe plants will be signaled to enter dormancy when nightime temperatures drop below 55F - 60F.


This species is native to southwestern Thailand. This species as with most Amorphophallus and Arisaema species are seasonally dormant. Plants sprout from a subterranean tuber in the same fashion as the spring Crocus. Plants of this species grow 12” – 25” tall. Each tuber produces a single stem that terminates with a single “leaf” OR an inflorescence. Each leaf consists of a large umbrella of smaller leaflets that is 15” - 20” across. The leaf stem is red-rust. The leaves have a distinct red to red-violet edge. The leaves have a bit of an iridescent sheen as well. The plant alone is very ornamental. The inflorescence is produced from the naked corm before the leaves are produced. The inflorescence is 8” – 16” tall. The inflorescence is single "flowered". The “flower” is actually a modified inflorescence that consists of the spathe (outer ornamental part) and the spadix (internal sexual bits). The spadix is 8” – 10” tall. The spadix appendage (apical non-sexual part) is slightly expanded, ½” – 1” wide, cream-white, and slightly tapers to a blunt point. The spathe that surrounds the spadix is 8” – 11” long. The outside of the spathe is white to very light pink, fading to light dirty green basally, with some dark red-purple flushing basally. The inside is a white to very light pink, with a dark red-purple base. Flowers last a few days to a week. If pollinated, the Infructescence produces green berries that turn orange then red when mature. It is important to wear gloves if you harvest the berries as they juice can stain and irritate mammalian skin.

Amorphophallus cicatricifer

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