Dracunculus vulgaris
Dracunculus vulgaris
Dracunculus vulgaris
Dracunculus vulgaris
Dracunculus vulgaris

Dracunculus vulgaris
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"Dragon Lily"

SIZE 30/+

Great for shade

Cultivated in Turkey

Perfect for pots

Hand packed in paper bags

Half Hardy, may need
winter protection


Also known as the Dragon Arum or Dragon Lily, these fiery lilies have a real air of fantasy and drama about them – from May onwards, Dracunculus vulgaris’s huge red blooms will blast through your borders with an almighty boom! With massive carmine hooded spathes and a long, black central ‘finger’ (spadix), this mysterious, shady number is bound to make a bold statement and will make itself a firm favourite whether you have a gothic streak or not!

This fierce-looking plant certainly is one for adding a bit of dark charm and it’s definitely got the looks reminiscent of a fantasy creature. This dragon’s bark is worse than its bite though – aside from its foliage which can cause irritation if touched (or eaten), it’s actually quite friendly and provides amazing, exotic looks which are a real talking point in the garden. Dranunculus vulgaris is mostly hardy but would appreciate a thick mulch to protect it in winter, plus it likes a sunny spot with rich, moist soil in which to bask.


Brownish red / purple


55-65 cm / 22-26"

Planting season:


Flowering time:


Botanical name:

Dracunculus vulgaris

Light requirements:

Partial shade / full sun

Soil moisture:






  • Plant your arum tubers straight outside during spring in free-draining soil
  • Grow in borders or containers in shade or partial shade
  • Spread the tubers out and plant 5-10cm deep
  • Space the tubers about 10-15cm apart
  • Water-in after planting

    Read more in our planting guide
  • Orders placed before 1 March 2023
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  • Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2023
    You can expect your order in April 2023
  • Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2023
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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