There are some plants that you have just because. This is one of those. Is it really pretty – kind of few a few days. It stinks and the leaves are nothing special. But still – it is the Dragon Arum, and who doesn’t want to grow a dragon? We have had this in a pot for a couple of years now, and I really think it wants to get moved to a permanent place in the garden because it did seem to be weaker this year. I think it deserves to go in the giants just because of the size of the bloom.
As the inflorescence unfolds, it reveals a long, black spadix that looks like a pencil. On mature plants these can be a significant size. On ours, it is perhaps 8″. It is enveloped by a single purple bract. Neither of these are actually the flower which are hidden down in the base of the inflorescence where is bulges.
Pronunciation: drak-UN-koo-lus vul-GAIR-iss
Species Meaning: Means common
Dracunculus vulgaris is native to East Mediterranean.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P18076
We acquired this plant from Brent and Becky's.