Foetid Adder's Tongue, Stink Pod, Scoliopus bigelowii
|An authentic touch for the shady, moist forest grove, the blossoms of these two intriguing plants signal winter's end. The Latin name, from the Greek word for "crooked foot", describes the sinuous, thread-like flower stems. As the common name indicates, the red-veined, green flowers have an unpleasant smell. A pair of broad, glossy purple-spotted leaves sprouts from a short underground stem. The smaller Oregon species, Scoliopus hallii, blooms slightly later than California's Scoliopus bigelovii. Not a standard nursery item; native plant specialists may offer them. Provide conditions close to its native habitat: deep shade and a moist, coarse soil rich in organic matter. Protect from prolonged winter frost by covering with bracken fronds or evergreen boughs.
This small, more or less stemless perennial herb bears flowers with greenish petals and red-flushed veins. Native to moist, shady redwood forests.
Attributes - Scoliopus bigelovii
Plant Type: Bulb
Bloom Season: Early Spring through Late Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Height: 8 in. to 1 ft.
Width: 6 in.
Sunlight: Partial Sun, Shade
Climate: Zones 7, 8, 9, 10
Notes: Container Plants, Showy Flowers.