A. konjac is one of the best species to start with as it has a reliable spring through fall growth cycle making it perfect for growers in temperate climates. We have even grown this species in the ground outdoors here in Massachusetts and lifted the resulting huge corms in the fall. The leaf is very attractive, finely dissected into an elaborate snowflake. The inflorescence is amazing with a dark, liver-purple spadix surrounded by a lighter purple spathe. On big plants the inflorescence can reach 6 feet tall! Of course, this species also has the "interesting" fragrance that Amorphophallus are known for!
Amorphophallus konjac, commonly known as konjac or devil's tongue, is a perennial plant native to Southeast Asia, particularly in China, Japan, and Indonesia. It belongs to the Araceae family, which includes other notable plants like the peace lily and the elephant ear.
The Amorphophallus konjac plant is known for its distinctive appearance and remarkable growth habits. It features a large, single leaf that can reach up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) in diameter. The leaf emerges directly from an underground corm, which is a bulb-like structure that stores nutrients.
What makes Amorphophallus konjac particularly fascinating is its inflorescence, or flower structure. The flower consists of a tall, erect spadix that can grow up to 1 meter (3 feet) in height and is surrounded by a large, purple-brown spathe. The inflorescence emits a strong, unpleasant odor, reminiscent of rotting flesh, to attract pollinators such as carrion beetles and flies.
Another notable aspect of Amorphophallus konjac is its corm, which is used for various purposes in culinary and medicinal applications. The corm is rich in glucomannan, a dietary fiber that is widely used as a thickening agent and a dietary supplement for its potential health benefits.
Amorphophallus konjac is also cultivated as an ornamental plant due to its unique appearance, especially its large leaf and striking inflorescence. It requires a warm and humid climate to thrive and is often grown in botanical gardens or as a houseplant in suitable regions.
In summary, Amorphophallus konjac is a fascinating plant known for its large leaf, unique inflorescence, and versatile corm. Whether appreciated for its ornamental value or its culinary and medicinal applications, this plant continues to captivate the interest of botany enthusiasts around the world.
Sold as small dormant corms and are roughly an inch in diameter but can sometimes be a bit smaller or larger at times depending on availability. If dormant corms are starting to grow or are growing, they will be shipped potted and growing in 2" pots.