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Dracunculus Vulgaris Plants

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By Karin Holloway

Dracunculus Vulgaris Plants

Dracunculus vulgaris (largest and smallest potted plants).

Dracunculus Vulgaris Plants

Dracunculus vulgaris bloom in parking lot.

The Name of My Favorite Plant

Dracunculus vulgaris

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.

David Beaulieu, About.com Landscaping, says:

Note that Dracunculus vulgaris is a poisonous plant. It goes by such common names as "dragon arum" and "dragon lily." This unusual-looking specimen's flower is dark enough for it to qualify as one of the so-called black flowers. But it's probably better known for being one of the truly bad-smelling flowers.
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