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Re: Dragon Lily

Someone who knows more about this than I do should jump in, but it seems to me that there is an association between "Dracunculus" and "Draco."

On Oct 13, 2006, at 5:26 PM, Kitty wrote:

Thanks Gene. I really wish more Americans weren't so averse to botanical names. As to the common name, dragon lily, I found several possibilities, some that would only be called such if one combined two of their common names.

Arisaema utile - Cobra Lily, Dragon Arum
Calla palustris - Swamp Lily, Water Dragon
Caltha palustris - Cow Lily, Water Dragon
Cordyline australis - Palm Lily, Dragon Plant
Gladiolus dalenii- Dragon's Head Sword Lily
Saururus cernuus - Swamp Lily, Water Dragon
Dracunculus vulgaris - Dragon Lily, Voodoo Lily, Viagra Lily and Stink Lily.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Gene Bush" <genebush@otherside.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, October 13, 2006 7:00 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Dragon Lily

I have Dracunculus vulgaris, also known as Devil's Arum in my current inventory. Check my web site for more information and description. Never hear it called a dragon lily before.
It is, indeed, a tuber. Not difficult to grow. Tubers settle themselves into the soil just below soil line.
Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
Zone 6/5 Southern Indiana

----- Original Message ----- From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
Daryl & Jim,
I googled before asking chat and from what I came across, Dracunculus seemed like a good bet. But never having seen this donor's plants (couldn't she have taken a pic?) I wasn't sure what to do. I did just begin cleaning them and they now seem more like tubers to me - they look like round potatoes and they have eyes.
I don't want to sound ungrateful, I just feel frustrated trying to sell something w/out knowing what it is for sure. I also like to give cultural information and I don't know what to write. I suppose I could post this "guess' and the details Jim sent and state that this "might" be it.
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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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