Helicodiceros muscivorus

Also known as:

  • Pig Butt Arum

Plant Type

perennial, aroid

Zones

6a-10b

Size

H:12"

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

average, well-drained

Water Needs:

regular

Sun Exposure:

mostly sun, bright shade, dappled shade, mostly shade

Features

Flower Color:

purple, chocolate

Foliage Color:

green

Flower Season:

spring

Texture:

glossy

Foliage Season:

deciduous

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You can bet this common name wasn't coined by a Wall Street marketing firm. Helicodiceros, an easy-to-grow first cousin to the famed aroid Dracunculus vulgaris, grows on the rocky coastal cliffs on the Mediterranean Islands of Corsica, Sardinia, and the Balearics. The offsetting tubers give rise to the 1' tall, duck-foot-shaped, green, three-dimensional foliage, which emerges in very early spring. Later in spring, the spectacular tan- and purple-speckled bud emerges from the foliage, then opens parallel to the ground as a large flesh-colored spathe highlighted by purple tails (spadix) which emerge from the "crack." The open flower resembles the backside of a flatulent pig...in image and in fragrance. If you grow this, it's best not to mention it on your eHarmony profile.

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