Price per 1x tuber of Sauromatum venosum CRL1107/1. Roughly 3.5-4cm in diameter. These are not yet flowering sized.
Sauromatum venosum is widely grown and well loved by Aroid growers. Most of the plants in circulation are produced from the same Indian clone. However, in nature this species has a very wide distribution and it is not surprising that as gardeners we only tend to see a fraction of the natural variation within the species. Here, we are offering a different collection of Sauromatum from Gondar in Eithiopia, collected many years ago by Chris Lovell.
At this stage I am unsure how they differ from the typical Indian clones when in flower. However, the petioles are very different being plain green instead of mottled. This particular clone is not widely grown. It is likely to be more tender than the regular form.
The following information relates to the typical Indian Clones:
Sauromatum venosum has had so many name changes that it is hard to keep up! We had previously listed this under the genus Typhonium. Now it is back to Sauromatum again… Just to add to the confusion, this species is also often seen for sale under the even older name of Arum cornutum – an incorrect name that is often assigned to Dracunculus vulgaris, a completely different plant. What a mess!
Regardless of what it is called, this is a hardy, popular and invaluable plant, and one that is especially well suited to the exotic style garden.
Sauromatum venosum is winter dormant and starts into growth in late spring. With tubers that are large enough, the flower is produced first, drawing on reserves stored in the tuber. This is followed by roots and leaves. It is this habit that leads many to sit the tuber on a saucer with no soil on a windowsill as it flowers. We suggest it is better planted in the ground or in a pot!
The inflorescence is remarkable – the smooth, purple spadix is surrounded by a purple and white spotted spathe. The ‘scent’ is thankfully short lived.
Sauromatum venosum’s leaves are attractive and held on top of beautifully patterned petioles. These have a distinctly exotic feel to them, and compliment other more commonly seen subjects in an exotic style garden.