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Gonatopus boivinii, Giraffe's Knees

Gonatopus boivinii

Giraffe's Knees
Family: Araceae
Origin: Eastern Africa
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeShadeKeep soil moistOrnamental foliageWhite, off-white flowers

It is an interesting and fun to grow aroid, suitable for indoor culture and not fussy about conditions. Large amorphophallus-like flowers on tall stalks emerge from winter dormant tubers. A single leaf arises from a flat tuber that will reach 6 inches across; the leaf often reaches 3 feet in height and is marbled with blackish-brown markings. The leaf stalk is swollen about halfway up giving it the appearance of a giraffe's knee.

Blooming Time: Late Spring. The plant needs filtered sunlight to light shade and warm temperatures. During the growing season the plant should be kept moist at all times. When the leaf dies back in fall the tubers are stored in peat moss or vermiculite.

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