On Jun 29, 2009, DanKistner from Winter Haven, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
This plant is truly amazing! I have people come up and ask me, "What is that odd plant?" The foliage is very unique and although mine flowered before i bought it, i have heard it is a magnificent site for the "odd" plant enthusiast. I have mine under and oak tree but gets sun on one side. I can turn the plant at night, and the next day when i get home from work, it has already moved toward the morning sun. Quite odd.
On Apr 27, 2009, Stuber from Fernandina Beach, FL wrote:
This is truly a plant that only a real fan of an oddity can appreciate, but if you are such a person and can find one, by all means give it a try. They can be grown in the ground in central and southern Florida, but do just as well in a container. As with most bulbs, they seem to enjoy being 'crowded' and reproduce through bublet offsets. They don't seem to be consistant bloomers every year, but when they do set flower, it gets interesting. The bloom can smell rather strongly of rotting meat up close, and even seems to generate a bit of heat when you place your hand directly over the blossom, just as putrefying flesh would! As one would expect, flies will be attracted, and are obviously a pollinator in the wild. Even without the odd flower, which only lasts a week or so, this plant should be cultivated for it's other worldy vegetation alone. It looks like something right out of the mind of Dr. Seuss. When cool weather arrives, the plant will quicky die down; store the bulb DRY, and it can easily be kept in the pot in a heated shed or garage. Simply place back out when temps rise to 60 degrees, and water to start the process all over. It seems to appreciate dappled sunlight at the strongest -- avoid full sun for lengthy time periods.
This plant does well in the SLC, Utah area. I have had it for 5 years now and have given may bulbs away to friends. It grows very well in low nutrient sandy soil full sun. the tallest I have had so far is less than a meter but very stout stem and vibrant colors
On Jul 5, 2004, Scelotes from Labourdonnais Mauritius wrote:
pH 5.5 to 6.5
Propagated by division of tubers
The tuber can grow up to 30 cms and i have just remove one of 10 kgs
In Mauritius the plant flowers in summer.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Bessemer, Alabama Clayton, California Sacramento, California Simi Valley, California Altamonte Springs, Florida Cape Coral, Florida Combee Settlement, Florida Fernandina Beach, Florida Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 reports) Gainesville, Florida Jan Phyl Village, Florida Marineland, Florida Pebble Creek, Florida Port St Lucie, Florida Spring Hill, Florida Suncoast Estates, Florida Kenner, Louisiana Portland, Oregon Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania Puyallup, Washington Cabin Creek, West Virginia