Amorphophallus Species, Elephant Foot Yam, Telingo Potato, Voodoo Lily, Voodoo Plant

Amorphophallus paeoniifolius

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



Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:



12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


Unknown - Tell us


USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Magenta (pink-purple)

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Opelika, Alabama

Vincent, Alabama

Dunnellon, Florida

North Fort Myers, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Titusville, Florida

Winter Haven, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 16, 2017, MrsHerrick from North Fort Myers, FL wrote:

Hi all! I'm not really much of a gardener, just a curious lady who's got this crazy plant she's never seen before in her life growing outside her front window! As I've read, both on the internet and here, I think that this may be one of the White Spot Giant Arum. The few pictures that I've seen resemble it very much. And the descriptions of the smell that the flower emitted are right on!! It nearly made me barf! But I just couldn't believe something so cool looking came from what looked like a dinosaur egg that popped up out of the ground without warning!! But now of course that flower (I've figured out it was a female) is decaying and it's been replaced by all these little tree looking plants and right from where the flower/egg came up now looks like a huge bulls penis popping out of the ... read more


On Jul 22, 2009, cheerpeople from northwest, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Unlike easy amorphs like konjac and muelleri, this one did not survive overwintering indoors for me. In zone 5 for a successful large amorph I'd recommend konjac instead.


On Jul 10, 2009, timrann from Other,
Mauritius wrote:

This variety is very popular in Mauritius, the plants can reach 2 m or more in height. The trunk is bright green and greyish . The flower is small not as impressssive as other Amorphophallus. The roots are edible and can get to 5-8 kgs. Inside the big root- bulb is orange in colour (like pumpkin). It is also irritant must wear gloves to peel the bulb , also the green leaves and the trunks are very irritant. It must be dried in the sun for a while and be boiled to make it edible. Even if seem so difficult to deal with this bulb it is a very delicate "gourmet" here, especially when prepared as pickles.