Amorphophallus paeoniifolius. Plants being grown as a food crop in a woodland garden. Photograph by: Manojk Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike Amorphophallus paeoniifolius is a PERENNIAL growing to m (2ft 7in). It is hardy to zone (UK) The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either. Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (Dennst.) Amorphophallus paeoniifolius var. campanulatus Sivad., Taxon (), not validly publ.

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Rhizome paeoniifo,ius cooked[2, 4,]. Acrid raw[2], it must be thoroughly boiled or baked[46, 61]. A very large root, it can be up to 50cm in amorphophalluz,]. Caution is advised, see notes above on probable toxicity. Leaves and petioles – they must be thoroughly cooked[, ]. Caution is amorphophalluz, see notes above on possible toxicity.

Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects paeoniifolis the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. The root is carminative, restorative, stomachic and tonic[, ]. It is dried and used in the treatment of piles and dysentery[, ]. The fresh root acts as an acrid stimulant and expectorant, it is much used in India in the treatment of acute rheumatism[, ].

Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity. Requires shade and a paeoniifoliis soil in its native habitats, but it probably requires a position with at least moderate sun in Britain. Cultivated for its edible tuber in Asia[2], plants are not winter hardy outdoors in Britain but are sometimes grown outdoors in this country as part of a sub-tropical bedding display[1].

The tuber is harvested in the autumn after top growth has been cut back by frost and it must be kept quite dry and frost-free over winter[1, ].

It is then potted up in a warm greenhouse in spring ready to be planted out after the last expected frosts. The tubers are planted 15cm deep[1]. It is unclear from the reports that we have seen whether or not this root can be divided, it is quite possible that seed is the only means of increase[K]. Akorphophallus plant has one enormous leaf and one spadix annually. It requires hand pollination in Britain[1, ].


When ripe for pollination, the flowers have a foetid smell to attract carrion flies and midges. This smell disappears once the flower has been pollinated[].

Plants For A Future have a number of books available in paperback and digital form. Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs. Seed – best sown in a pot in a warm greenhouse as soon as it is ripe and the pot sealed in a plastic bag to retain moisture. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least a couple of years. Plant them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts, and give them some protection such as a cloche until they are growing away strongly.

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Amorphophallus paeoniifolius – Dennst. Common Name Elephant Yam, Whitespot giant arum Paeoniifoliuw Araceae USDA hardiness Known Hazards Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, it belongs to a family where most of the members contain calcium oxalate crystals.

This substance is toxic fresh and, if eaten, makes the mouth, tongue and throat feel as if hundreds of small needles are digging in to them. However, calcium oxalate is easily broken down either by thoroughly cooking the plant or by fully drying it and, in either of these states, it is safe to eat the plant.

People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones and hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet[].

Habitats Loose leafy detritus in moist shady habitats[]. Tropical conditions in secondary forests, shrub forests and grasslands in arid valley areas at elevations below metres[]. You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box. It is hardy to zone UK The species is monoecious individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant paeoniifoliys is pollinated by Flies.

It can grow in semi-shade light woodland or no shade.

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Please view the copyright link for more information. Elephant Yam, Whitespot giant arum. Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, it paeoniifoliius to a family where most of the members contain calcium oxalate crystals.

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