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Sauromatum Guttan

Common Name: Voodoo Lily

Planting Time: Indoors Around Mid-March

Height: 2-3ft

Spread: No More Than 3 Per Sqaure Feet

Exposure: Part Sun to Full Shade

Soil: Rich, Well Drained Humus Soil

Hardiness: Zone 7-10

Bloom Colour: Green with Maroon Spots and Dark Purple Central Spike

Foliage Colour: Glossy Dark Green with a Green Stem Spotted with Purple

Bloom Time:  June

Now that the summers are getting drier and hotter, we will be spending far more time in the
shade...so it is time to dress it up! To help you create a tropical, exotic flare in either your
garden or in your pots on the patio, this plant is a great choice. The best part about this
Voodoo lily is that it can take a little or a lot of shade, depending on where you want it. This
tall plant has umbrella-like foliage that is perched on a long speckled stem which enables you
to plant beneath it. It is recommended that you start them inside around March to have foliage
for June. Ironically enough, this tropical splendor is quite drought tolerant, so if you have a pot
in that dark corner that is hard to reach with the watering wand, this is the perfect candidate.
Now, this does not mean no water at all, it simply means that you don’t have to fuss over it,
water would be nice. Some may argue over its drought tolerance, but I tend to neglect mine
more than I would like to and they are great; they just keep on looking fantastic.

Although an interesting addition, there is one small thing that you should be forewarned about…
the stench of the blossom. Some people feel this is the best part because of the theory behind it.
This particular bloom attracts flies to pollinate it and in order to attract the flies, it has to pretend
to be rotting meat, or at least smell like it. So, an exotic bloom that smells like rot. Nice. This
only lasts for a few days and then it dies back to allow the foliage to emerge. For the amount of
beauty this plant provides, it is definitely worth the small amount of discomfort.

In the fall, before the frost hits, just cut back the leaves to about one inch and gently remove them
from the ground or their pots. Caution should be used if you want to try and save the small corms
that grow off the sides of the mother corm. All can be saved by separating them from each other
and allowing them to dry on newspaper for a few days. Once dry, place in a cardboard box or
paper bag with peat moss to cover the corms. Every year each mother corm will produce up to 12
small cormlets, and in no time you will be begging your friends and family to take some to try.
They will either love you or resent you, hopefully not the latter.

Happy blossoming...actually, on second thought, happy foliage!

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