Since today is Mardi Gras, I thought it would be appropriate to write a bit about the VooDoo Lily. (See the connection ... Mardi Gras, New Orleans, VooDoo?)
The VooDoo Lily is a common name given to a wide range of species belonging to the Amorphophallus genus of the Arum famliy. It is a tuberous, herbaceous plant native to tropical and subtropical climates from West Africa to the Pacific Islands. There is no native species in the Americas. Even many Arum species have acquired the name of VooDoo Lily or Dragon Lily.
The VooDoo Lily can range in size from fairly small to well over 7ft. ! The plant will produce a single leaf and leaf stalk on a 'trunk'. The leaf may have smaller leaflets. This leaf will only last one growing season.
All VooDoo Lilies are distinguished by the unique flower produced upon maturity. The flower will consist of a sheathing bract which envelopes a flower spike. Both male and female flowers will be born on this flower spike but the plant is not self-pollinating. It produces an odor similar to that of rotting flesh which attracts insects that pollinate it. The flower will last only one day. Pollinated flowers will produce berries along the stalk.
All parts of the VooDoo Lily are poisonous. And skin irritation can occur when handling the leaf or flower.
With proper care, a VooDoo Lily can be grown in a flower pot but they prefer a moist shady flower bed.
Our beautiful Header is courtesy of The Frog Queen.Special thanks to Marci Brandt for the photo .
When Seeds Are Planted
Intriguing things begin to grow!
On January 6, 2010, Jeanne, over at The Candy Corn Chronicles, began a two day series on the state of our plant and seed industry, and how much peril heirloom and native plant seeds are in of becoming extinct.
Over the next few days, Chris, aka, The Frog Queen, over at Frog On The Pumpkin, Becca of Magikal Seasons fame, and myself shared some of our thoughts and ideas about our gardens and our dreams.
Finding that while we are diverse not only in our climates, and our personal favorites in styles of gardening, we all agree in promoting a healthy green planet.
Taking it a step further, blending in our combined love of all things magickal and spooky into a group blog format, wasn't a stretch at all!
So here we are. Presenting a diverse assortment of botanical topics for your reading pleasure. We hope that you will join in with your comments and questions, sharing new ideas and rediscovering old ones.
Becca, Chris, Jeanne, Sherry & Suzie
"It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought."
It is not the intent of this blog, or its contents to promote any herbal medical preparation or application, but merely to outline any potential medicinal properties of certain herbs, when discussing the plant as a whole.
We are not qualified medical personnel, nor certified herbalists and therefore it is strongly recommended that no one use any herbal treatments without seeking professional advice beforehand.