Dragon Arum (Dracunculus vulgaris)

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Botanical names:
Dracunculus vulgaris Accepted
Dracunculus creticus Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6b -20.6 °C (-5 °F) to -17.8 °C (0 °F)
Plant Height: 36 to 78 inches (.9-2 m)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Berries orange-red when ripe.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Highly variable. Spathe purple to white, white with purple markings or light yellow. Spadix dark purple shades to blackish to yellow.
Bloom Size: Over 12"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Other: Seasonal.
Underground structures: Tuber
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Other: All parts of plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, an irritant to the mouth and esophagus. Toxic to cats and dogs.
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Remove seed from berry which contains chemicals that inhibit germination.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

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Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on Mar 25, 2014 10:33 PM

Native to the eastern Mediterranean, D. vulgaris grows in limestone soils on the Greek Island of Crete. In some locations the different inflorescence colors are found growing together in one community. Spathe color can vary from dark purple-red to red tinged white to white. Spadix colors vary from a nearly black-purple to yellow.

Sources note providing pH 7.5 will benefit the plant, as will regular feeding. This might explain the mediocre growth I've had with mine. Time to move and amend the soil.

Blooming in late June early July, mine went dormant by the end of July.

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Posted by BethLancasterWh (Conway, Arkansas) on Jun 5, 2013 11:44 PM

I find the life cycle way too short! Beautiful, but stinky!

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