Dracontium amazonense in the Dracontiums Database

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Plant Height: 48 to 78 inches (1.2-2 m)
Plant Spread: 39 to 48 inches (1-1.2 m)
Leaves: Other: Grows a single leaf (solitary) when mature.
Underground structures: Tuber
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Other: All parts of plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, an irritant to the mouth and esophagus. Toxic to cats and dogs.
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Remove seeds from berry which contains chemicals that inhibit germination.
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Other: Produces abundant tubercles
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots

Love the subtle variegation on the leaves.

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Comments:
Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on Apr 9, 2014 9:06 PM

This native of tropical moist forests in Amazonian Venezuela, Brazil, and Peru produces one or two inflorescences prior to growing a new leaf. The peduncle is very short or mostly below ground with a purple spathe. The tuber, which should be planted 4-8 inches deep, will produce numerous tubercles. Tubercles are said to be slow to germinate and should be kept in a slightly moist medium. Time will tell how mine do.

Young plants, from small tubers or tubercles, may be evergreen for several years. Mature plants often go dormant if water is withheld.

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