|Scoliopus bigelowii | Oregon Fetid Adder’s Tongue|
a ‘connoisseurs plant’ which means that you are either mad, sad or both to want to grow it.
Hmmn makes you kinda wonder why my friend thinks this is the plant for me. Is he trying to tell me something!
The plant label says that its a North American woodland bulbous perennial. It’s closely related to the trillium and is part of the Lilly family. Its supposed to have a slight scent but so far I am unaware of any. The name Scoliopus means crooked foot, from the curving pedicel/stalk of the flower.
|Oregon Fetid Adder’s Tongue|
The seed pod swells and the flower parts fall off once the flower has been pollinated.
The weight of the growing pod causes the slender stalk to bend over and touch the ground and this characteristic has given it the name “slink pod”.
It requires humus rich moist well drained soil in shade and thankfully I can provide it with all those conditions. I used to moan about part of my garden being so wet and shady. But I must admit having an area like that does have its advantages. Especially when it comes to planting something different from everyone else.