Dracunculus vulgaris
Dracunculus vulgaris
Dracunculus vulgaris
Dracunculus vulgaris
Dracunculus vulgaris

Dracunculus vulgaris

"Dragon lily"

Dracunculus vulgaris

1 bulbs — £6.95

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Description

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.

Key features

  • Comes back every year

  • Fragrant

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Great for shade

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Low maintenance

  • May need winter cover

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Dracunculus vulgaris

  • Flower colour

    Near-black, purple

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Bulb size

    30/+

  • Established height

    1-1.2m

  • Established spread

    70cm-1m

  • Habit

    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Half hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Borders
    Woodland gardens
    Exotic gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Clay
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    Yes

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    No

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Other information

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2023
    You can expect your order in March 2023

    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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