Podophyllum pleianthum x versipelle
Sunset zones: 4-7, 14-17 (my best estimate).
USDA zones: 6-8.
Height: 3½ feet (1.5 m).
Width: 18 inches (45 cm).
Deep red flowers in clusters of five to nine are followed by silvery-gray fruit that ripens to yellow, at the junction of two leaves.
Leathery green leaves with five to nine lobes grow up to 18-20 inches across.
Full sun or partial shade.
Humus rich, moist, well drained soil.
Side dress with compost or manure. Fertilize in spring, with a complete organic fertilizer.
Divisions in spring or fall.
Rainy Side Notes
A natural hybrid, this wonderful tropical-looking plant is terrific in the woodland garden. For a cut flower this one CAN be beat. Although the flowers are stunning the smell of carrion becomes quite noticeable when brought into a confined space. It's probably best to enjoy the flower outside. Unless of course, like a fly, you enjoy the smell of carrion in the morning. The flowers are pollinated by flies.
I would grow this plant just for the foliage alone.
Photographed in Linda Cochran's garden, Bainbridge Island, WA.
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