Sauromatum venosum ‘Indian Giant’

£6.50

Price per tuber approx 5-6cm in diameter. These are not guaranteed flowering size, although it is possible that they might.

We are pleased to offer ‘Indian Giant’ – this is a larger varient of Sauromatum venosum, capable of producing a larger inflorescence and leaf than the standard form. Over time, the tuber can reach huge proportions provided that plenty of feed and water are given.

These tubers are guaranteed to be the genuine form.

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Price per tuber approx 5-6cm in diameter. These are not guaranteed flowering size, although it is possible that they might.

We are pleased to offer ‘Indian Giant’ – this is a larger varient of Sauromatum venosum, capable of producing a larger inflorescence and leaf than the standard form. Over time, the tuber can reach huge proportions provided that plenty of feed and water are given.

These tubers are guaranteed to be the genuine form.

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. At least then the foul smelling inflorescence will be outside!

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.

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