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Dracunculus vulgaris

Dragon arum

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Features

  • BloomsMay to August
  • Height0.8m to 2m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.65m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourDark purple and black
  • Leaf ColourDark red green

Description

Dracunculus vulgaris (Dragon arum). A native of the Mediterranean region. Grows to about 2m. The large leaves are red-veined and deeply divided. In late spring, a thick stem bears one or more large spathes, up to 35cm tall, like that of the arum lily, green on the outside and red to purple or black on the inside, with a purple to black spadix. Emits a potent, foul odour which attracts flies for pollinating.

Characteristics

Perennial, Fragrant

Origin

C & E Mediterranean

Interest and use

Grown for their distinct spathes.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are frost hardy. They will need a sunny position with well drained soil that dries out in the summer. In severe winters protect dormant tubers with a cloche or dead bracken.

Propagation

Propagate from seed or offsets.

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