Voodoo lily, sometimes called devil's tongue or stink lily, is an unusual looking wildflower native to the Balkans and Greece. This plant has 12- to 18-inch-long yellowish-green leaves and a purple- and green-spotted stem. In late spring or early summer, the dark purple "bloom" appears, which is actually called a spadex, and can grow from 10 inches to 53 inches in length. When in bloom, the voodoo lily releases a pungent, unpleasant odor similar to that of rotting meat.
Dig a hole that is two times the length and width of the tuber, which is the bulb-like root of the voodoo lily. Add four inches of African violet potting mix to the planting hole.
Place the tuber into the hole with the usually pointed top directed upward. If you are unsure which end is the top, plant the tuber sideways.
Back fill with the loosened soil and tamp down well.
Water until the soil is moist, but not soaked. Continue to check the soil daily and water whenever the top inch no longer feels damp to the touch.
Fertilize every other week with a water-soluble fertilizer mixed according to package directions once growth begins.