Good morning. Windy is correct, I could not grow this
plant outside, since I live in NorCal and it gets to darn cold up here.
However, I am now curious about Windy's description of
the leaves. On my plant the emerging leaves are delicate,
the mature leaves are like cardboard and fairly
I keep this plant in a greenhouse and let it moderately dry
out between watering. I rarely water during the Winter. I made the mistake
of getting the spadix wet
and it rotted before it had a chance to mature, not to bright on my part. With a
little cinnamon I was able to stop
I guess I will have to wait for another spadix to 100 % ID
this one. Thank you to everyone for the information and
Yes, this plant does cause 'chicken skin'. I
had another image of it next to the curator, but wasn't sure if I should use his
image. To see it next to a tall man made it even more
The Huntington grows it inside a climate controlled
greenhouse. I'm not sure as to how well it would survive or thrive in the
open without the humidity. I think this species may come from a wet area
in nature, by the looks of the spath that it presented. It's flower
shape was one where the spath acts as an umbrella to protect the spadix
from becoming wet during a rain. I can tell you though, this plant has
extremely thin leaves that rip, tear and bruise easily. I had dreams of
planting one outside in the landscaping, but after growing it for a while I
don't think it would look as spectacular with it's blades shredded.
If you get a chance to pick one up, try it as a
houseplant, if your greenhouse is too tight.
If you are still located in SOCA, head over to
the Huntington for the day. They have recently built a
tremendous conservatory with bevy of aroids and other beautiful plants, and
it turned out spectacular to say the least!