Amorphophallus bulbifer - Devil's-Tongue

Amorphophallus bulbifer

Amorphophallus bulbifer is one of the more interesting Aroids that I have grown. The foliage will reach 3 feet in 6 inch pots. The dark green leaf and spotted stems make quite an attractive plant. Devil’s Tongue is native to northeastern India.

Blooming Time: Spring. The spathe is 8 inches long with greenish lines and spotted pink outside, rose in the throat and becoming flesh colored upward inside, spadix is shorter, the sterile appendage pinkish, 3 inches long.

Culture: Amorphophallus bulbifer thrive in a rich loamy soil in partial shade. Compost should consist of 2 parts loam to 1 part peat moss to 1 part sand. Keep the plant evenly moist all through the growing season. Fertilize monthly with a houseplant fertilizer diluted to ˝ the strength recommended on the label. Water should be gradually withheld starting in October until the leaf withers. Store corms at a temperature above 50 degrees. They can be brought into active growth in late March. If the corms are strong enough, a blossom will soon be produced. The leaf follows soon afterwards.

Propagation: Amorphophallus bulbifer are propagated by division of offsets or by seed.

Amorphophallus bulbifer was featured as Plant of the Week June 23-29, 2000.

Guide to Past Plants-of-the-Week:


These pages are provided as a service by the Department of Botany and Microbiology, University of Oklahoma by Cal Lemke