Re: Amorph paeoniifolius
From: Mitsukiwi@aol.com <Mitsukiwi@aol.com>
To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Monday, April 19, 1999 6:13 PM
Subject: Re: Amorph paeoniifolius
In a message dated 4/19/99 12:03:35 PM Eastern Daylight Time, email@example.com
I guess we must settle this point. The said photo is of Dracunculus
vulgaris. Am. paeoniifolius would not survive subzero (in Celsius that
is) and looks quite different. For one thing, Dracunculus has a "stem"
with leaves while flowering. Am. paeoniifolius flowers leafless, and
there is much more. >>
Not to argue with the authorities here but I disagree that A.
paeonifolius will not survive in subzero temperatures in the ground with
protection. Again, I want to reiterate that I did not say that the photo in
question WAS A. paeonifolius but only that it looked SOMEWHAT like one. The
plant that I had in Ohio in zone 6 was not a Dracunculus. I only recently
obtained a tuber of Dracunculus and the leaves and plant in general look
nothing like my A. paeonifolius. There is no question as to the identity of
the A. paeonifolius that I have had for more years than I care to recount.
My mother also had one planted on the east side of her house in Columbus,
Ohio, again zone 6. Unfortunately, she has passed away or I would have had
her take a picture of it and post it to the list! Over a period of years, I
had given quite a few tubers away and they all seemed to thrive there as
well. I am still growing offsets from the original tuber and if they
dormant, I would post pictures of those to the list also!
In an attempt to positivly identify 'your' plant, would you be so kind as to
let us know the answers to the following--
Was the 'flower' tall or short?? The reason I ask is that there are two
common Amorphophallus species that are grown in the U.S.A.--- A.
paeonifolius, which has a short, broad 'flower' and which is not usually
grown far North, and is not known to be cold tollerant, and A. konjac which
has a 'flower' with a tall stem, and is known to be cold tollerant, and is
been commonly grown up North.
The flower of Dracunculus does look vaguely like a small 'flower' of A.
konjac, while in fact it looks NOTHING like the 'flower' of A. paeonifolius,
which leads me to believe that perhaps you were and are sucessfully growing
A. konjac, which would NOT be at all surprising up North.
And good growing,