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Voodoo Bulbs

Sauromatum spp.

Also known as

Monarch of the East

Sauromatum foglia03 by Gere72 (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Partial Shade
Advanced care
Light watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

45cm

Max

15cm

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Voodoo Bulbs

A close up of the purple flower spike and spathe of a Sauromatum plant.
A photo of Voodoo Bulbs
A close up of the emerging purple flower spathe of a Sauromatum plant.
An image of the flower of a Sauromatum plant: this image was taken by Candide user Derder
A photo of Voodoo Bulbs

Voodoo Bulbs Overview

Sauromatum is a small genus of tuberous perennial species in the aroid family, Araceae. Its leaves are solitary and rise from a tightly folded shiny bud after flowering. They produce distinctive, short-lived, unpleasantly scented flowers encased in long, tubular spathes that extend into scalloped, twisting blades. These usually have a base colour of cream or yellow and are highly speckled with burgundy on the inner surface. Grown outdoors in warm climates, they are usually kept in a cool greenhouse over winter in frost-prone areas. They need a fertile, well-draining growing medium. Sauromatum (venosum) - also known as voodoo bulb or Monarch of the East - after their ability to flower without water or soil. They originate from shady cliff and woodland habitats in the Himalayas and parts of Africa. Related to Typhonium, the two are often confused with each other.

How to propagate Voodoo Bulbs

Division

Remove in winter and dry offsets before replanting.

Special features of Voodoo Bulbs

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves