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Dracunculus vulgaris
Common Name: Dragon Lily Family: Araceae (The Arum Family)

Dracunculus vulgaris
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Every year in spring I receive a few hushed phone calls which usually begin “My “friend” has this strange plant blooming in her garden and she doesn't remember planting it.” I respond “You've got a case of Dragon Lily.” Emerging from a giant bulb like a mottled spear, the plant produces an upright, three foot stalk holding a few (often silver speckled) leaves. The stalk is topped with a lurid 18 inch burgundy spathe with a columnar purple-black spadix. It has an unpleasant “aroma” for a few days so don't plant near your front door. Goes dormant after flowering.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Europe and Western Russia
Native Habitat:
Open sunny fields, waste places, hill sides often in dry rocky soils.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourBurgundy 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom ColourBlack 
Height2-4'  Bloom TimeSpring 
Spread12-24'  FragranceYes 
Light ExposureSun Part Sun  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureAverage  Stem ColourMottled 
Hardiness Zone5b-9  BerriesYes 
BC NativeNo    

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