With Sauromatum venosum it seems there is a direct connection with the underworld. First the dark brown inflorescence comes up. The sleek, long spathe is green and red mottled on the inside. The inflorescence spreads an unpleasant smell to attract flies which pollinate the flowers. At the bottom of the spadix the plant produces heat, just a few degrees above the air temperature. Once flowering is over, the impressive leaf comes up. On a mottled stem stands a leaf which is devided in 9 or more fingers. The Sauromatum venosum originates from the tropical parts of Africa, from Sudan to Malawi and Zambia, but also lives on the Arabian Peninsula and India. Due to the fact that the bulb can bloom dry (not planted), it earns the nickname Voodoo Lily, as if an African witch doctor brings the bulb to life with a curse on your windowsill. The bulb is not fully hardy and likes well drained soil.