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Devil's Tongue

Devil's Tongue

Regular price $60.00 USD
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Size

Plant Type: Cacti
Plant Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Flower Color: yellow
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Description:

Devil's Tongue, scientifically known as Amorphophallus konjac, is a unique and intriguing plant known for its large, exotic flowers and striking foliage. It is native to parts of Asia, including Japan, China, and Indonesia.

The plant typically grows to about 1 to 2 feet in height and spread, forming a single, large leaf from a bulb-like structure called a corm. The leaf is actually a compound leaf that gives the appearance of multiple leaves branching from a central stalk.

One of the most dramatic features of Devil's Tongue is its flower, technically an inflorescence consisting of a large spadix (a type of spike inflorescence) surrounded by a spathe (a leaf-like bract). The flowers are known for their size and striking appearance, as well as for their distinctive odor, often compared to rotting meat. This odor is intended to attract pollinators such as flies. The flowers are typically yellow and can be quite large.

Devil's Tongue prefers full sun to partial shade and requires well-drained soil. It's important to provide adequate water during the growing season, but the soil should be allowed to dry out between waterings. During the dormant season, the plant may completely die back, only to regrow from the corm the following season.

This plant is often grown as an ornamental specimen in gardens or as a potted plant indoors. It's known for its ability to produce glucomannan, a dietary fiber used in food and as a dietary supplement. However, care should be taken when handling Devil's Tongue, as all parts of the plant can cause irritation if ingested or if they come into contact with the skin.

Overall, Devil's Tongue is a fascinating plant for those interested in unusual botanical specimens. Its unique flowering structure and striking leaf make it a conversation starter and an intriguing addition to any plant collection.

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