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Orontium aquaticum

Orontium aquaticum
golden club

Common name golden club
Family araceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers yellow/white (May)
Size 8"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes marginal aquatic (water 3-12" deep)

Unassuming, plain-jane plant that goes unnoticed for most of the year nestled in between the other plants claiming space along the edges of our pond – except for when it blooms in late April to mid-May. That's when white stalks with a studded yellow head appear from out of nowhere. Like many other aroids, they look a little phallic, but mostly, they're just a "what the heck is that?" plant – which makes it perfect for our garden :-)
We got our first plant around the same time we put in the pond – that was before we got married, and our son is fourteen now. That plant is still going strong. We got another set of three golden clubs as part of our pond plant package when we put in the big pond eight years later, but those must not have liked their new environment, because they didn't last.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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