The Name of My Favorite Plant
How I First Found Out About This Plant
I saw one growing in the bushes by the recycling bins in our local super store's parking lot. I asked an aroid list about it and they suggested I take the seed head, soak it in water until it rots and then harvest the seeds with gloves on. I have many babies from this as well as the original.
How I Have Cared for This Plant
All my Dracunculus vulgaris plants are in pots and overwinter with only a pot saucer on the pots.
Pests, Diseases or Other Problems for This Plant
The bloom stinks and attracts flies for a few days. It's a slow grower, taking years before it blooms if grown from seed.
Why I Love This Plant So Much
Dracunculus vulgaris has beautiful leaves and one exotic, huge flower.
Location: My Region, Location of the Plant in My Yard
London, England. My Dracunculus vulgaris gets early day sun and late day shade: it's on the east side of tall bush. I use normal bagged compost and water daily. While it was growing in the parking lot it seemed to survive scorching sun and freezing weather without any care at all.
Tips and Tricks
- Best to not have it near a window or door.