£4.25 – £10.50
Dracunculus Vulgaris (dragon Arum) Frost hardy perennial. I have found that this plants loves a shady sheltered position with well-drained soil. It is probably, one of the most vulgar plants on this site, but great fun to grow. The flowers are enormous, and have a rather revolting smell, flies like it! Luckily this smell does not last for very long. The other side to this plant is the foliage, which really is fascinating; the stem grows to about 3ft if not taller, which is mottled green and brown, like a giraffe’s neck, preceding the stem is the rather interesting foliage, which sprays out like a fan. The plant starts growing early May reaching maturity in July and the foliage will carry through to November. I have always said this plant is a must have for those who enjoy the unusual but as its so easy to grow I think everyone should have a go. This Image is from my garden (Tracey’s) this dracunculus has been in the ground for 5 years and now grows to a height of 6 ft.
Top Size bulbs 25/30, Large bulbs.
Plant: Spring and autumn. 10cm deep. Spacing 45 cm. Flowers June-July. Height 60 -120 cm.
Hardy. Perennial. The smooth flat side is the bottom of the bulb, the roots grow from the top of the bulb.
Thrives best in partial shade, well drained soil is needed that dries out in summer. Best Grown in the ground unless using a pot size of at least 8 Litres. Feed with a slow release fertilizer.
Propagate: By dividing clumps when died back and replant in the autumn. Best left undisturbed only divide when overcrowded.