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Dead-horse Arum

Helicodiceros muscivorus

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helicodiceros (hel-ik-oh-DISS-er-os) (Info)
Species: muscivorus (mus-SEE-ver-us) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Dark Purple/Black

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Mottled

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Charlotte, North Carolina

Indian Trail, North Carolina

Union Grove, North Carolina

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Feb 9, 2016, ThatAnimalGuy from Union Grove, NC wrote:

I love Helicodiceros! Its one of my favorite hardy and reliable aroids. It grows well here in zone 7a North Carolina, it seems to prefer well draining soil and some bone meal mid season to rebuild the tuber for dormancy. The flower is something to behold, when it is ready to open it literally opens within an hour!

Positive

On Dec 17, 2015, thequietearth from Hemby Bridge, NC wrote:

Overall a hardy shade perennial that blooms reliably for me in Zone 7b-8. Forms a nice clump and the bloom is bizarre !
Ive been growing these from a smal bulb i purchased from Australia in 2004.
Great choice for a collector.

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