Walter Knoll Florist

Walter Knoll Florist

Come visit Mr Stinky and see all the new product at the same time!

I am going to try to on a daily basis update you on Mr Stinky’s blooming progress!
5pm on March 25 - he's 21-1/2 inches

5pm on March 25 - he's 21-1/2 inches

9am on 3/24 Mr Stinky is 18" tall

9am on 3/24 Mr Stinky is 18" tall

Ron, our Garden Center manager is being very patient with me and my plant and my camera,
and of course, he is  much taller than Mr Stinky!
Interesting Foliage during Summer Months

Interesting Foliage during Summer Months

Here’s a little left-over something from my Chicago days. One of my flat-mates’ father was a missionary who traveled the world. He brought a funny tuber back from India that many years later he shared with me – funny potato-looking thing with a very bizarre but interesting growing pattern. He called it an Indian Stink Lily. Many years later and thanks to the internet I have been able to find out about this curious plant – Amorphophallus – also known by many other names including elephant foot, voodoo lily, Telinga potato, corpse flower, and dragon flower just to name a few. When this plant blooms it exudes a fragrance not unlike the smell of rotting flesh. And how funny to receive a plant with such a phallic shape from a missionary!

Mr Stinky on 3/17 - St Pats Day, 1 day of growth!

Mr Stinky on 3/17 - St Pats Day, 1 day of growth!

My one tuber has multiplied many times over but I have only had one bloom before this year’s attraction – that other bloom was in my living room – the March after I received the tuber – before I could smell any foul odor coming from it, any dog guests I had immediately lifted their legs upon entering my apartment. Well, no more doggie friends until this thing is done blooming, but after a day of smelling it, I had to put it out on the back porch to let it die back in the cold. According to Wikipedia, “these are typical lowland plants, growing in the tropical and subtropical zones of the paleotropics, from West Africa to the Pacific Islands.   None of them are found in the Americas although a remarkably similar but not closely related genus, Dracontium, has evolved here” and can be found on the West Coast.

I have planted the tubers directly into my Saint Louis gardens and forgotten to dig them up to bring in for the winter – only to have them reappear around late May – wintered over in the garden! Of course it is too cold here for them to bloom outdoors but they will act like perennials even though they are purported to be tropical or sub-tropical – St Louis weather is really not any kinda tropical (well, perhaps a bit tropical in August).  Here are a few more pictures of my plants’ really unique foliage.

Eventually they create an umbrella shape

Eventually they create an umbrella shape

Top view, before the leaves canopy

Top view, before the leaves canopy

Some very strange speckled stems!

Some very strange speckled stems!

Mr Stinky's Flower stalk, not open yet - and growing 3 to 4 inches a day!

Mr Stinky's Flower stalk, not open yet - and growing 3 to 4 inches a day! This photo is shot in our greenhouse today, 3/24/09

Usually I dig them up and pot ‘em and put them in the basement to winter over, but this year I put them near a South facing bedroom window and about a week ago started to see a bloom coming! Well I own a dog and wasn’t going to put up with that leg-lifting business again so I brought Mr Stinky to work. His bloom as of today has not completely formed and he’s growing 3 or 4 inches a day! Come visit him at our garden center at the corner of California and LaSalle – come soon, I’m sure the garden center helpers are going to make me take him away once the “odor” arrives! While you are here check out all the new spring items coming in, we have some wonderful hand blown glass hummingbird feeders and other giftware as well as tons of growing things coming in almost daily!  Here are a few pics for you!

Azaleas

Azaleas

Our new pottery line includes pots with saucers and matching birdbaths.

Our new pottery line includes pots with saucers and matching birdbaths.

Red and Yellow Stemmed Dogwoods

Red and Yellow Stemmed Dogwoods

Marigolds (buy one for each tomato plant!)

Marigolds (buy one for each tomato plant!)

Yarrow Plants

Yarrow Plants

For years I have searched for information on my VooDoo Plant but have never found foliage or flowers that look like mine – until today, check out Martha’s blog here for more info and photos – I wonder if she got her’s from a missionary!  It looks to me that we have the same variety.  I’m planning to put a photo up daily chronicalling Mr Stinky’s bloom so check back!

Comments

Rob from Chicago
Rob from Chicago March 24, 2009 at 4:44pm

Hey Dayan
Love the blog. Do you think since this is
called a voodoo Lilly and stinks so much
that it is ever used in VooDoo or plant
medicine. Would be interesting to find out.

also, would it cure my house of the
corned beef and cabbage smell?
that I always have after St Patty's day?

Loyal Reader Rob

Rossi
Rossi March 25, 2009 at 11:05am

Ok Miss Stinkly, I saw your plants

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