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Dracunculus vulgaris (Voodoo lily, stink lily, black arum)

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Plant description

dranunculus vulgaris voodoo lily

Dracunculus vulgaris is a species of aroid, noted for its large, dark purple flowers that smell like a rotting carcass. It is native to the Balkans. The plant is attractive, with a speckled stem and palmate leaves.

It prefers a moist, fertile soil, but should not be overwatered. It grows in full sun or part shade. It is an easy care plant.

Propagation is by division, or by seed.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: Purple
Flowering season: spring summer

Scent

The flower smells of rotting meat

Plant size

Maximum height: 2 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres

Maximum width: not specified
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: This plant attracts flies.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: not specified.

Sand: not specified.

Soil pH: 6.5-7.5

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: not specified.

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