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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


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size







  • 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. The most well-known species, Sauromatum venosum is also known as Voodoo Bulb or Monarch of the East. These names are after the plants ability to flower without water or soil. Sauromatum plants 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


Remove in winter and dry offsets before replanting.

Special features of Voodoo Bulbs

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves