Amorphophallus konjac 'Nightstick'

Devil's Tongue

Plant Type:


Amorphophallus konjac 'Nightstick' - Stems are black. From the flattened round tuber which will grow to about 10 inches in diameter arises the elegantly ebon fleshy stalk. Large leaves are dark green with a satiny sheen. Foliage is suggestively tropical and dichotomous appearing looking bi-pinnately compound. When mature enough a wild, bizarre and large (to 2 feet tall) dusky red-purple-brown malevolent spathe flower smelling of rotten meat blossoms on a stem that may rise as high as 5 feet – a flower that only Morticia Addams would embrace; although admittedly we find them darkly fascinating and exotic - no texture quite like 'em! This is a Plant Delights 1994 introduction, a selection of Devil's Tongue, Corpse Flower, Voodoo Lily, Zombie Apocalypse... kidding on the last name; should be Zombie Apocalips. having originated with Tom McLamb two years earlier. This is a food plant in various parts of Asia; it also has laxative, cleansing and satiety properties. Easy to grow in large containers in the north it is a tropical to subtropical plant that appreciates a fertile moisture retaining soil which has been amended with organic matter. Grow it in shade or dappled conditions sheltered from wind. At the end of the growing season place it in a cool corner in your basement or under a bench if you have a cool greenhouse. Ours remain potted and reside the darker months under a table in a greenhouse. Water less when dormant. Potted bulb.

We find all the aroids fascinating, primitive, oddly alluring, curious, with some - those emitting dangerous scent exude lurid malevolence. They are amazing. Their texture is unequaled in the garden adding exceptional interest, excitement and primitive presence.


36 in


Red Purple-Brown

Characteristics and Attributes for Amorphophallus konjac 'Nightstick'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Summer / Autumn

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Dappled Shade
  • Shade


  • Potted Plant
  • Fragrant
  • Woodland
  • Accent
  • Conservatory
  • Collector Plant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Moist
  • Fertile
  • Organic
  • Draining


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Offset