Remusatia vivipara

Also known as:

  • Hitchhiker Elephant Ear

Plant Type

perennial, bulb / corm / tuber, aroid

Zones

7b-10b

Size

H:2'-3'
W:12"

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

average, well-drained

Water Needs:

regular

Sun Exposure:

mostly sun, bright shade, dappled shade, mostly shade, shade

Features

Flower Color:

yellow

Foliage Color:

green

Flower Season:

spring

Texture:

glossy

Foliage Season:

deciduous

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This bizarre genus of easy-to-grow aroids usually occurs in the wild as epiphytes (growing without soil on trees or rocks). Despite this alternate lifestyle, Remusatia vivipara makes a superb garden plant in the soil as well. In late spring, the very glossy green leaves emerge, forming a dwarf clump to 2-3' tall. Once the tuber is large enough, the new foliage will be accompanied by cool, fragrant, yellow flowers. In late summer, remusatias show why they were banished into a separate genus with their bizarre stolons that arise from the tuber and grow erect to 10" tall. Each stolon is laden with tiny fuzzy hooked tubercles (bulbils in need of a shave), which can be used to propagate more plants. In Third World countries, a rub derived from the tubers is used to treat arthritic pain. If you like unusual plants, this is a must!

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