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  Drannculus vulgaris
From: "Noel Crisler" ncrisler at cox.net> on 2006.08.17 at 22:57:41(14528)
vulgaris here in Norfolk, VA, stays in the ground year round. They are in
shade among small transplanted dogwood trees. Blooms like a
trooper. For better or worse, when the first one was planted right
next to the fromt door- big mistake though the stench is fortunately short
lived! Oldest one was almost 4' tall this year. A real show stopper
though appeals to a limited audience!


From: "Deni Bown" Deni at yaxhampark.co.uk> on 2006.08.22 at 09:32:58(14540)
Here in Norfolk, England,
Dracunculus vulgaris also stays
out all year but against a sunny wall. It also blooms reliably and
dreadfully at 3ft plus. It may not be something to plant in a prominent
position, or too near the house, though the foliage and stems are quite
handsome. Having said that, if only I could get my hands on the pale form
it would become a centerpiece. Years ago I saw a large colony in Crete
which had a huge range of variation in spathe & spadix colour, from palest
green with yellow spadix to marbled maroon and pale green with either yellow or
burgundy spadix. Simply stunning!

Deni Bown

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