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Dracunculus vulgaris

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My Dracunculus is in full flower today. It puts the smell if Stapelias to shame!

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Then it looks a whole lot better than it smells then:-) fantastic, does it stay outside all year?

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Great result Richard, mine's been in a pot since we moved house and it looks like it just died. I'll see if I can sneak it into the Missus flower bed when she's not looking.

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Gaz, this is my 7th attempt at this plant. All previous attempts have been in pots and have failed miserably!

I'm really surprised at how hardy this plant is. I planted the tuber last October and due to the mild winter it had sprouted a shoot by mid December. The hard frosts then arrived and I was certain all the soft growth would be killed back but I didn't even get so much as a blackened leaf tip.

Stick it in the garden, the smell only lasts the one day!

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Is dranunculis vulgaris carnivorous? Some people don't seem to believe it is? I grew a few from bulbs. Mine that is flowering has a big thing below the flower that looks like an Adams apple or a man's throat. I wonder if that's where the flies get trapped?

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14 minutes ago, gardener105 said:

Is dranunculis vulgaris carnivorous? Some people don't seem to believe it is? I grew a few from bulbs. Mine that is flowering has a big thing below the flower that looks like an Adams apple or a man's throat. I wonder if that's where the flies get trapped?

 

Many aroids temporarily trap insects in order to shower them with pollen, but none are carnivorous.

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It's still an interesting plant. I am growing Amorphophallus konjac as well but that's back inside now I left it outside for a couple of days and one night but I think it was too windy for it..

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Yeah, they are great. Your konjac has a very green petiole - they are usually beige/grey-green with dark patches - looks more like A. nepalensis to me. Another cool plant!

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They smell like rotting seaweed to me. The nastiest scent so far I have found in Araceae is Arum dioscorides!

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2 hours ago, Rob-Rah said:

The nastiest scent so far I have found in Araceae is Arum dioscorides!

That's interesting - I've grown that plant in the past but never managed to get a sniff of it! I've had Amorphophallus albus and sauromatum venosum doing their thing nearby each other at the same time this morning. Smelt like someone had used a stagnant pond as a toilet!

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Arum dioscoridies - to me - is just poo. Not carrion, just poo. Horrible. Quite a number of the araceae seem to smell like very bad body-odour to me too.....

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