This is a spectacular frost hardy perennial from Crete. It grows about 90-120cm (3-4 ft) high with marbled foliage and, for a short period, a large maroon, verging on black, spathe.
Surprisingly easy to grow in a sunny or shady spot with fertile, well drained soil. It starts emerging in May, produces the spathe around May/June and the foliage usually persists until October/November.
Supplied as very large bulbs which will flower the first year after planting. Plant about 8-10cm deep. the new bud will be easy to see, plant this side up.