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Re: Dragon Lily

Last summer it was one of the most popular plants sold in the 'tropical' departments of the Home Depots where I work. Nobody had a clue what it was until I started working there. The first thing I did was print a picture of it in bloom and some info re its aroma. I hope some customers are able to have it come up next spring. It should be interesting.
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message ----- From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2006 6:22 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Dragon Lily

Maybe this is it?

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 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.

On Oct 12, 2006, at 7:11 PM, Kitty wrote:

Dragon Lily.  OK what is it?  I've found 4 or 5 possible plants it
could be. They look more like brown corms than bulbs.  The person who
donated them for the bulb sale said the larger ones (about the size of
my fist) will bloom this winter.  The box is full of smaller ones,
golf ball size.  the person she gave them to repeated that she said
the plant looks like a small palm tree with about a 4day  flower that
doesn't have a nice fragrance.  That's all I know.  Any ideas?

neIN, Zone 5
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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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