A plant with large, wide, divided leaves, like a giant hand, has been appearing under tall grasses and thistles and bedstraw and any manner of other weeds in one corner of the arboretum. This corner is part of the "color garden" section and full of daffodils in the spring with flowering crab apples behind. I ignore it the rest of the year. Yesterday, I noticed that the plant had sprung up with giant wine red flowers... or something. I mashed down the grass and thistles and fought my way in to have a look. Here is what I found...
The leaves are huge and deeply divided.
It would be a handsome, if bizarre, plant in the right setting. I'm not sure buried in weeds in my arboretum is the right setting. I spent time today pulling all those thistles but this Voodoo plant will have to fight its own way through the grass. I'm not sure I want to give it room to spread, which it does in some gardens, I've read. In one account, a second plant appeared 15 feet away the second year. Many people writing about this Voodoo Lily on the Dave's Garden site said theirs, like mine, appeared out of nowhere. Scary.
Last year a Babaco Papaya magically materialized in my greenhouse. This year, a Voodoo Lily arrived in the arboretum. What next?