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Snake palm

Amorphophallus spp.

Also known as

Devil's tongue

Amorphophallus titanum in Copenhagen 01 by Leif Jørgensen (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4.2m

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of a flowering Amorphophallus plant
A photo of Snake palm
A yellow green Amorphophallus flower

Snake palm Overview

The genus Amorphophallus contains almost 200 species of tuberous, herbaceous plants native to Asia, Africa, Australia and multiple oceanic islands. Some species are edible and they typically grow at low altitudes, in tropical and subtropical climates. Plants in this genus produce large, dramatic inflorescences encased in a colourful spathe, usually brown-purple or white-green in colour. Some species are pleasantly scented, but this genus is famous for containing the titan arum, also called the corpse flower. It is the largest unbranched inflorescence documented in the world, growing up to 2.5m tall and 1.5m wide and emitting a potent strong decaying flesh smell.

How to propagate Snake palm

Seed

Propagate by seed in spring.

Special features of Snake palm

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Snake palm

Ornamental.

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