Sauromatum venosum Seeds


Seed packet containing 10 seeds of Sauromatum venosum.

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Seed packet containing 10 seeds of Sauromatum venosum.

Sauromatum venosum has had so many name changes that it is hard to keep up! It used to be classified 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.

Sauromatum venosum seeds are easily germinated in regular seed composts. A single leaf will be made – aim to keep this in growth for as long as possible in order to feed the developing tuber. After the first growing season, a young tuber will have formed which can be grown on as normal.

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