We are saddened to announce the passing (May 12) of one of our closest friends, plantsman Alan Galloway, age 60. In addition to serving as an adjunct researcher for Juniper Level Botanic Garden, Alan was a close friend and neighbor, living less than two minutes from the garden/nursery.
Alan was a native North Carolinian, who grew up on a farm in Brunswick County, NC, where he developed his love for plants and the natural world. After graduating from UNC-Wilmington with a Computer Science degree, and working for his alma mater for two years, he made the move two hours west to Raleigh. There, Alan worked at NC State University in IT administration and management for 30 years, until retiring in Fall 2018 as Director of IT Services.
Starting in 1999, Alan would save up his vacation time from his day job at NC State, and spend 3-4 weeks each fall, trekking through remote regions of the world where he felt there were still undiscovered aroid species to find, document, and get Read more [...]
Amorphophallus dunnii has long been one of the stars of the winter-hardy love lily clan, but now we've gone and really "dun" something even more odd. Amorphophallus dunnii is in flower right now in the garden with it's typical 1' tall peculiar, but fragrantless flower spike. This year for the first time, our collection of Amorphophallus dunnii from Lai Chau in North Vietnam flowered, and we were thrilled to measure it at just over 3' tall. The super-sized petiole and leaf last summer gave us a hint of what was to come. Evidently plants from this region in North Vietnam are dramatically taller than those of the same species from mainland China. We are now working to vegetatively propagate this special form so that we can share it in the future.
Amorphophallus dunniiAmorphophallus dunnii 'Lai Chau' foliageAmorphophallus dunnii 'Lai Chau' inflorescence
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If you haven't heard, there is an Amorphophallus titanum in bloom at the greenhouse conservatory on NC State’s campus. The conservatory also doubles as a classroom, so it isn’t be available for public viewing, but you can watch it bloom live on this page.
The flower of the giant titan arum is one of the largest flowers in the plant kingdom, and has a smell reminiscent of rotting flesh, hence the common name of corpse flower.
Here is a picture of PDN's Amorphophallus titanum in the greenhouse, which is still a couple of years from flowering. We do have seedlings that were potted up last week and should be ready for shipment in 4-5 weeks (there is a picture of the seedlings below).
Not only is the titan arum impressive for it's flower and mere size, but the patterning on the stem is absolutely amazing with dense speckling of lime and black-green near the base, and larger blotching as you move up the stem.
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Visitors to our Summer Open Nursery and Garden get to see the amorophophallus at their peak.
The amorphophallus that always draws the most attention in summer is Amorphophallus kiusianus and its beautiful seed heads which first turn a mauvy pink, then age to cobalt blue.
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