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Amorphophallus paeoniifolius 'Gajendra'

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Amorphophallus (a-mor-fo-FAL-us) (Info)
Species: paeoniifolius (pay-oh-nee-FOH-lee-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Gajendra

Synonym:Amorphophallus campanulatus

39 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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8 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Johnsddr On Oct 27, 2014, Johnsddr from Port Charlotte, FL wrote:

We have had this for 25 years . The height is on some of the plants are more then 5 feet.

Positive smurfwv On Mar 1, 2011, smurfwv from Cabin Creek, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:

How big does this plant need to be to produce an inflorescence?

Positive Tues On Jun 30, 2009, Tues from St. Augustine, FL wrote:

I have always called this plant a Voodoo lily. Be careful with too much sun if you live in Florida. I saw a vendor selling small ones at a local fruit market last week for $40 each!

Positive DanKistner 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.

Positive Stuber 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.

Positive kennethB On Sep 17, 2005, kennethB from Ogden, UT wrote:

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

Positive thegreenman66 On Sep 18, 2004, thegreenman66 from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

The sap of this plant is a strong skin irritant, like many aroids. wear gloves when handling freshly cut plants or roots.

Family: Araceae

Do not allow seeds to dry out once removed from skin. They will not germinate.

Positive Scelotes On Jul 5, 2004, Scelotes from Labourdonnais
Mauritius wrote:

Family: Araceea.
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
Brooksville, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 reports)
Gainesville, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
North Fort Myers, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Saint Augustine, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida
Kenner, Louisiana
Portland, Oregon
Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania
Puyallup, Washington
Cabin Creek, West Virginia

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