Voodoo Lily (Sauromatum venosum) in the Sauromatums Database

Botanical names:
Sauromatum venosum Accepted
Sauromatum guttatum Synonym
Typhonium venosum Synonym

Also sold as:
Arum cornutum

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Plant Height: 18 to 36 inches (46-91cm)
Plant Spread: 12 to 18 inches (30-46cm)
Leaves: Other: Usually single compound leaf.
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Multi-Color: Red to purplish/brown and Green. Highly variable.
Bloom Size: Over 12"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Tuber
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
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 seed from berry which contains chemicals that inhibit germination.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Monoecious
Goes Dormant
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

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Location: z6a MA, My GardenDate: 2012-07-09
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Location: z6a MA, My GardenDate: 2012-06-01Flies are pollinators. #Pollination
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Location: z6a MA, My GardenDate: 2012-08-03
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Location: z6a MA, My GardenDate: 2012-06-02The flies did their work as berries were produced.
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Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on Feb 17, 2014 9:15 AM

This is another easy Aroid to grow and it's readily available. It's always fun waiting for the inflorescence to pop up, a bizarre thing. The spadices I've seen are up to 18 inches long with the spathe not much shorter. The larger the tuber the larger the inflorescence...and leaf, which emerges several weeks later. This is supposed to be a stinker, which I suppose is correct given the number of flies it attracts. So far I've been growing them in dappled to full shade, as the literature suggests, but will try a few in a sunnier location this year.

The tuber shrinks considerably while producing the inflorescence and leaf and then a "new" tuber is produced. Fertile, well draining soil helps the process along. I add time release granules and occasionally use a water soluble as well. While I mulched several tubers in ground this winter, as usual I lifted most of them for dry storage in the basement. I find removing the loose "skin" on the bottom of the tuber, the left-over of the old tuber, reduces the risk of rot.

Lots of offsets are produced every year which I remove in the spring. I like to do this in the spring to minimize the number of scars on the parent tuber and hopefully the amount of water loss while it's dormant. Occasionally they'll reach flowering size in a single season.

While some growers report them as zone 6 hardy, I continue to lift most of my tubers in the fall. Many of the tubers I've left out overwinter the last few years have done fine however I wouldn't consider them reliably hardy in my climate.

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