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Amorphophallus konjac

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Belonging to the Amorphophallus genus, Devil's Tongue has a botanical name of Amorphophallus konjac.

Amorphophallus konjac is a member of the philodendron family that grows from a tuber. Each tuber produces a single tripartite leaf on a tall, mottled stem. It is a perennial native to warm subtropical or tropical areas. The starchi tubers are said to be edible and this plant is grown for food in some parts of the world. The plant itself as well as the flower and the tuber are very interesting subject for conversation. The inflorescense will come out usually in late winter or early spring before the foliage appears. The inflorescense is a shiny brown-purple to maroon ruffled spathe (a sheathing bract) up to 3 feet long surrounding the longer pale green to purple or mottled spadix (a flower spike with a fleshy axis).1

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Red-brown and   Pansy purple, and produces a distinctive strong fetid scent.

Devil's Tongue grows as an annual/perennial and is a flowering edible ornamental / flower. Being an annual / perennial plant, it tends to grow either as a single season plant, or a plant that can stay in your garden for many years.

Devil's Tongue is known for its erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.83 metres (5.94 feet).

Indonesia is believed to be where Devil's Tongue originates from.

Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Devil's Tongue is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Devil's Tongue have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Devil's Tongue

  • Dappled Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Voodoo lily readily produces offsets. The plant is easily propagated by separating the snake-like, stoloniferous tubers with rounded ends from the parent plant. This should be done in the spring.1

Plant in a location that enjoys dappled sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 6 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. A soil ph of between 6.6 and 7.5 is ideal for Devil's Tongue as it does best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Devil's Tongue is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Devil's Tongue to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Devil's Tongue from seed

Transplanting Devil's Tongue

As Devil's Tongue is tender, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

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Devil's Tongue Folklore & Trivia

Has medicinal use.2

Other names for Devil's Tongue

Voodoo Lily. snake palm

Amorphophallus konjac K. Koch

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