Amorphophallus titanum, Titan Arum

Amorphophallus titanum

Titan Arum
Family: Araceae
Origin: Sumatra
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeShadeModerate waterRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersUnusual color

Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum), native to Sumatra, is a large plant that can reach a height of between 5-10 feet. It features an unusual color palette single flower of deep green on the outside, and dark burgundy red on the inside when in bloom. Its flowers have a vinous color, and the deeply furrowed texture adds to its uniqueness. After the flower dies back, a single leaf, which reaches the size of a small tree, grows from the underground corm.

This flowering plant is best grown in USDA Zones 9-11, although it can be grown in other zones with the right care. The best location for this plant is in the shade or in semi-shade, away from direct sunlight. Titan Arum plants should have regular access to water, although they don't tolerate a lot and too much water can lead to root rot. Moderate watering is the best way to ensure healthy growth and development.

When grown in a pot in colder climates, it is important to ensure the soil is well-draining. Winter dormancy is usually not necessary for these plants, but if temperatures do drop, the plant should be protected from any frost. It is also important to note that these plants need to be kept away from direct sunlight during summer, otherwise it may lead to burn.

Titan Arum makes for an excellent addition for your garden due to its exotic and unique looks. With the right care and maintenance, this plant can thrive and can provide a great statement piece.

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