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Voodoo lily: queen of the underworld

Sauromatum venosum (Sauromatum venosum)

Among all bulbous and tuberous plants, only Voodoo lily can rightfully be considered the real queen of the underworld, because it is a summer-flowering plant with truly intriguing properties! Will you be one of those daredevils to plant a Voodoo lily this spring? If you decide to become such a daredevil, then here's our useful advice: buy some clothespins too! What for? Let's tell you now!

The botanical name of this unusual plant is sauromatum veiny (synonym drip sauromatum, s. Spotted, s. Speckled), in Latin - Sauromatum venosum.

Voodoo lily begins to grow in May and forms a flower consisting of a dark brown ear and an upright bedspread. The combination of greenish-white and reddish-brown spots gives the bedspread a very unusual appearance. As soon as the ear reaches its maximum height, the cover begins to curl. It is at this time that the plant uses its "secret weapon". To protect yourself from its "aromatic effects", use your own weapon - a clothespin!

The temperature in the lower part of the flower rises - sometimes it becomes even higher than the ambient temperature. At the same time, a strong and very unpleasant odor appears, which attracts insects to pollinate the flowers. Unfortunately, only flies like the scent of Voodoo lily. After flowering, the awful smell disappears and the plant forms a green leaf. Like the bedspread, the petioles are speckled, and the leaf itself is bright green in color.

The tuber of this plant can grow and bloom even without planting in the soil, as if some African sorcerer had indeed cast a magic spell on it to bring it to life. It is not surprising that this flower was named Voodoo lily. This plant is native to the tropics of Africa (from Sudan to Malawi and Zambia), but it also grows in the Arabian Peninsula and India. In 1815, the Voodoo lily was brought to Europe as an exotic plant, thanks to this we can also contemplate it now, however, having previously armed ourselves with a clothespin.

Often, the owners of this exotic plant plant the tuber in the garden after flowering. An unpleasant smell no longer threatens, but in the garden this lily develops a very exotic palm leaf on a straight high petiole, which also looks very impressive.

In autumn, the leaf dies off, the tuber is dug out of the ground and stored in a dry room at a temperature of + 8 + 12 ° C. In January, it is planted and placed in room conditions so that it can bloom.

Be careful: all parts of the plant are poisonous!

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