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Helicodiceros muscivorus was long considered as both tender and temperamental in cultivation, in recent years it has become clear that it is neither. When given some careful siting it will grow well outdoors in many locations, and furthermore seems to be unaffected by frost. In cultivation the plant has the habit of a Dracunculus, although owing to the size and posture of the bloom, in a pot it has a tendency to topple over. In nature the plant usually occurs between large boulders with the rosette of leaves and bloom supported on the surrounding rocks. In cultivation it responds well to planting in a place where it can emerge through and be supported by low shrubby growth.

Species List

  • Helicodiceros muscivorus (L.f.) Engl. Balearic Islands, Corsica & Sardinia.
Helicodiceros muscivorus inflorescence
Helicodiceros muscivorus (L.f.) Engl., known as the "dead horse arum" or "pig's butt arum". Photo by David Scherberich.