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Dracunculus vulgaris
Dracunculus vulgaris
Dracunculus vulgaris
Dracunculus vulgaris

Dracunculus vulgaris
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SIZE 30/+

Perfect for pots

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£6.95

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.

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Colour:

Brownish red / purple

Height:

55-65 cm / 22-26"

Planting season:

Spring

Flowering time:

Summer

Botanical name:

Dracunculus vulgaris

Light requirements:

Partial shade / full sun

Soil moisture:

Average

Naturalising:

Strong

Perennial:

Yes

  • 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

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