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Please can you tell me what this plant is. It wasgrowing in a pot last year in the garden and I pulled it out thinking it was a weed, but it has grownagain bigger this year and when the flower opened 2 days ago it smelt like rotton meat.



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Dracunculus vulgaris- Dragon Arum

Smells a bit thou! But a nice plant

23 Jun, 2010

 

It's possible its titan arun? Just googled it and it has the similarities...

23 Jun, 2010

 

No, it's absolutely not a "Titan Arum" (i.e. Amorphophallus titanum) they are about 20 times the size and in no way garden hardy.

The plant is, as Nicky said, a very fine Dracunculus vulgaris.

23 Jun, 2010

 

Agree Dracunculus vulgaris.

23 Jun, 2010

 

I have a couple of hardy Aroids from different genera and I agree with Dracunculus too.

24 Jun, 2010

 

It looks like a voodoo lily (Dracunculus vulgaris) also the smell as well this is to attract flies that assist it with its pollination these things can grow very quick and huge in there natural habitat I have seen one in Thailand that was about 6ft tall and the smell was terrible .

24 Jun, 2010

 

Think I could give that a miss Steveveg lol

24 Jun, 2010

 

Also the smell only lasts for about a day then they are ok.They are very difficult to grow in the UK outside.

24 Jun, 2010

 

I did only google and seemed to have similarities :-) I tried

24 Jun, 2010

 

Yep Cazz, they are very close relatives - and they both smell terrible too! - so you were in the ballpark :-)

That species of Amorphophallus is actually a very rare tropical plant that will never be seen outside of very specialist collections, where the Dracunculus is relatively widely grown. It is fairly harden-hardy too. I have them in an unheated greenhouse, but I've seen them growing outside in many sheltered gardens.

As with many Aroids the "flower" (actually a spathe - the true flowers are tiny and hidden within the spathe) has evolved to visually mimic a rotting/dead animal and the smell is an added attractant for the pollinating flies. The spathe even produces heat too, to help disperse the smell and bring in the flies That's one very highly evolved plant!

24 Jun, 2010

 

We have Sauromatum venosum which behaves in a similar fashion. Keep in a cool greenhouse in winter and put outside late May early June until September time. For that short period it certainly stinks!

24 Jun, 2010

 

Ty Ilex It certainly is quite a nice looking plant but think I will stick to my lavender and lilies lol

28 Jun, 2010

 

Be brave Cazzalyn! Lol

28 Jun, 2010

 

Just realised, I haven't posted any pics of my Aroids in my photo's. Soon change that! :-)

28 Jun, 2010

 

lol Fractal..I am brave but not that brave lol

28 Jun, 2010

 

Oh go on... have fun Cazz!

28 Jun, 2010

 

lol moongrower....Ohhhh ok then..Where can I get one from? lol

28 Jun, 2010

 

Just do a google search and you will find. Check that it will grow happily in your soil though. I was going to offer you a few Arisaemas but looking at where you live they probably would not survive.

28 Jun, 2010

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