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The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society chronicles the history of our region from American Indian occupation through 20th century industry and life.

Raise A STINK! Own a Baby Voodoo Lily.

Voodoo Lily

Voodoo Lily

Many of our members and the community at large may remember the sensation caused when we placed the rare Voodoo Lily (botanical name: Amorphophallus konjac), commonly referred to as a ‘stinky plant’, on display in March 2014. As it bloomed, the fragrance of rotting flesh permeated the Fine Arts Gallery.

Well, the plants are back on display at the Taber Museum and have produced a myriad of baby stink plants. And one can be yours! Thanks to the generosity of our Master Botanist Larry Fryda, a number of the Baby Stinks are available for adoption. For a donation to the Historical Society of $15, Larry will provide you with one of the baby tubers and some basic rules for care.

Also known as the devil’s tongue, elephant-foot yam, konjac, or koonyaku, the Voodoo Lily produces a single flower in the late winter or early spring. The plant produces a large, brownish- or maroon-colored spathe, which can be as large as 3 feet in diameter, surrounding a purple or mottled floral spike. After the bloom, the tuber leafs out and produces large, pretty foliage suitable for an outdoor patio during seasonable months.

For further details, please contact the Taber Museum at 570.326.3326.