Original habitat: Tropical Africa from Sudan to Malawi and Zambia
Flower colour: Yellow-orange with purple-red markings
Flowering period: From late spring to early summer
Plant height: 45 centimetres
Planting depth: 8 to 10 centimetres
Planting distance: 15 to 20 centimetres
Type of bulb: Very large round tuber, about 15 centimetres in diameter
Light requirements: requires indirect sunlight
Applications: Good for use in sun lounges and tropical gardens as well as inside. Often grown as a curiosity.
The proper conditions for this plant are tropical temperatures combined with a high relative humidity. It can grow anywhere; all it needs is a shallow bowl and some water. In the tropical garden, it should be planted in well-drained soil containing a lot of organic matter. Keep the soil moist until the leaves die off.
There are only 4 or 5 different species, Sauromatum venosum being the best known. This is also the species about which much is known. It was first introduced in 1815.