|I have a Voodoo bulb and I was given and want to learn how to plant and take care of it?|
|Sauromatum venosum is the voodoo lily. The flower is composed of a one-foot long bract, greenish yellow with deep purple markings, that surrounds a long, blackish purple central spike. The bloom has a strong, unpleasant odor when it first opens. The tuber will bloom without planting, just place it on a windowsill. Or you can pot it up in rich potting soil, keeping the soil moist while the plant is growing, then letting it dry during dormancy.|
The odor is the flower's way of attracting pollinating insects - mainly flies - and is strongest the day it open. After that, it's a curiosity that's sure to evoke comments from your visitors.
If you decide to keep your voodoo lily after it blooms, you can plant it in a container in regular potting soil and give it bright light and moderate amounts of water.