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Dracunculus vulgaris - Voodoo Lily

$7.95

Voodoo Lilies are bizarre. They grow without soil and smell like dead meat. If you're not already a devotee, plant something else.

Dracunculus vulgaris blooms a large purple-black spathe like a 3' gothic calla lily. It grows from corms which sprout, leaf out and bloom even if they're sitting in an empty pot. (Voodoo!) Large fan-shaped leaves on speckled stems are extraordinary even if the plant never bloomed. But it will and the enormous blossom smells like rotting meat. Flies find this attractive.

After blooming in late spring the stems sprout green fruits which turn orange. This is truly a spectacular plant, but you should know what you're getting into.

Voodoo Lily grows wild in central Asia and is hardy to Zone 7. It needs rich, well-drained soil. even moisture and bright shade. Corms are easily stored in cool zones, but mark where you put them, because they'll sprout and bloom in your basement if you forget. This is not your ordinary garden flower.

5 seeds.

 


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