Volunteer plant with leopard-spotted stems

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Date Photo Taken: June 4, 2012
Location: Calhoun, GA
Posted By: mrbbq


Notice 8-1/2×11 paper for scale.
Possible compound leaves?
I don’t think this is a mayapple.


  1. stone Unregistered says:

    It’s an arum, Are you sure that it volunteered? They take forever to grow from seed… I once planted jack in the pulpit seeds that took 7 years to bloom!

    Have a look at this similar plant:

    I’m not 100% on which specific arum you have, there’s a bunch…

    June 5th, 2012 at 12:00 pm
  2. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Hey Stone looks like the right ballpark to me. Thanks for the links.

    June 5th, 2012 at 9:10 pm
  3. PlantFanatic Registered says:

    How can I obtain one of your tubers?

    October 30th, 2012 at 7:26 pm
  4. Franklin Unregistered says:

    Son bought a ‘bulb’ in Amsterdam. Left it dry on the table, grew a minor shoot the died. Put the bulb in soil, nothing happened for a couple of weeks, then grew an enormous shoot in a week or so (0.5m). Massive leaf (one per stalk). Now growing shoots No 2 and 3. We’re in the UK. Can it live outside ?

    May 16th, 2013 at 4:43 pm
  5. Stephanie Unregistered says:

    It’s dracunculus vulgaris, and is a very strange plant. Two of them recently appeared in my garden and the spotted stem kind of freaked me out. We’ll see if it blooms. Grows in Mediterranean countries and evidently small northeast cities.

    July 14th, 2013 at 11:41 am
  6. Roy Partridge Unregistered says:

    Your photo shows it to be a Voodoo lily (Typhonium venosum). Look it up on Wikipedia.

    August 7th, 2013 at 5:58 am
  7. Judi Smith Unregistered says:

    I’m so excited to see pictures of this plant. I’ve had it for years. I can’t remember where I purchased it or what it was called. I just always referred to it as a “C” plant, because of the shape of the leaves around the stem. Really really excited to know what I have. Thanks for the help!!!

    June 17th, 2014 at 4:42 pm
  8. Greg the fresh farmer Unregistered says:

    I planted a vegetable garden in Belmont, California in early July, 2014 and as I watered the new garden, this mystery plant began to grow. The main shoot resembles the colors speckles on a watermelon.
    No idea how long the bulb has been in the soil since we only moved here recently.

    August 5th, 2014 at 2:02 pm
  9. CatsPJamas Unregistered says:

    I have this plant also and was surprised to see these pictures. It comes back every year in my flower garden. I have left it because it is so interesting.

    June 2nd, 2015 at 2:41 pm
  10. sondra Unregistered says:

    One of these just appeared in my yard this summer. Its next to my house in the middle of my strawberry patch. No idea how it got there, but I also have a huge squash plant that also showed up right behind this “voodoo plant” Birds must have been busy. This will be interesting. I appreciate all the comments as this had me quite puzzled.

    August 17th, 2016 at 1:38 pm

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