Leopard Palm (Amorphophallus campanulatus)
Leopard Palm (Amorphophallus campanulatus) is not a palm at all but in the Araceae family. Two of these plants are planted in the Oasis area near the front entrance of the Pinellas County Extension. They are more of a curiosity than an attractive landscape plant. The large, purple bloom comes up in the spring and is followed by a tall mottled stem that holds the leaf. The plant grows from a corm-like rhizome and dies to the ground in the summer. The spots on the stem give it the common name Leopard Palm. It grows best in rich, loamy soil in partial shade.