Strange and beautiful


Bex
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Camberwell, London

Strange and beautiful

3 Jun '05 9:22 am
A North American visitor to Mooseys has sent me some pictures of a plant blooming in her garden - a unique plant indeed. Can anyone help to name the plant?
Strange Beautiful plant June1, 2005 027.jpg
In full bloom
Strange Beautiful plant June1, 2005 009.jpg
21 inches of flower
Wierd Beautiful plant 2005 034.jpg
Before flowering

Wigandia
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Noorat Victoria Australia

Probably..

29 Jun '05 12:27 am
Dracunculus vulgaris
http://www.aroid.org/genera/dracunculus/vulgaris/

janbay
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Re: Strange and beautiful

9 Jan '06 8:24 am
Bex wrote:A North American visitor to Mooseys has sent me some pictures of a plant blooming in her garden - a unique plant indeed. Can anyone help to name the plant?

jan bay it looks like anthurim thats got into some good gear

CottageGarden
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Iowa, USA

22 Feb '06 1:43 am
It does look like a vulgarus! I've only ever seen them in photos and on a t.v. show once and only grown in greenhouses. Where does she live? I didn't think they were native to North America! If it truly is a vugarus, Mother Nature has blessed her with a very rare and beautiful gift!

Oh... but I understand the bloom is really, really stinky! LOL.

Please ask her to keep sending photos as it grows and matures!
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Dixie
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Waikato-New Zealand

Vulgaris

22 Feb '06 6:31 am
It looks like a lily that was growing in the garden here - I disposed of it as I think all parts of it are poisonous.
Dixie.

bilby1915
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coastal mediterranean climate in southern hemisphere

it's a stink lily (but only stinks 4 first day of flowering)

1 Mar '06 5:29 am
the very knowledgeale BIll on a forum called The Garden Helper says . . .

"Dracunculus vulgaris is known by many names, Dragon Lily, Voodoo Lily, Viagra Lily and the "tell it like it is" name of Stink Lily.

The "Stink" that eminates from the flower on the day it opens smells somewhat like rotting meat and attracts flies as the chief pollinator, an attribute that needs consideration when you decide where to plant this flower. Luckily the odor dissipates after the first day, allowing you to enjoy the exotic beauty of this unusual plant!

The 10-12 inch flowers range in color from deep marroon to nearly black and last for 7-10 days. The ornate green foliage appears in March but the flowers wait until early to make their appearance.

Dragon Lilies are native to the eastern Mediterranean region. They are hardy in USDA zones 5-8, provided they are adequately mulched in the winter.

Dragon Lilies are tough and easy to care for. They can be grown in full sun to partial shade. Provide good drainage and water well during the growing season. When the plant begins to die back after blooming, you should decrease watering.

The plants benefit from a top dressing of compost and bone meal in early Spring.

Dragon Lilies can be propagated from seed or offset bulbs."

info (and some really good photos also) from http://www.thegardenhelper.com/cgi-bin/ubb/cgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=28;t=000082;p=0
i garden in a coastal mediterranean climate, very low rainfall in the southern hemisphere, similar to California in the US.


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