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common name: Footed Adder's Tongue, Stink Pod
synonyms: Scoliopus bigelowii
leaf colour: green
flower colour: purple & green
main season: Spring
part shade, shade
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 9 to 9
Pairs of broadly oblong to elliptic, boldly veined, purple mottled basal leaves are produced from short underground stems. Umbels of curious flowers emerge directly from the rootstock in early spring, each with three narrow, erect, deep purple inner tepals and three greenish-white, brown-purple striped, outer tepals.
Moist, well drained, leafy, humus-rich, neutral to acid soil in full or part shade.
Shady rock garden, peat bed or alpine house.
Native of California.