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  dracunculus hardiness
From: sholtzma at sunflower.bio.indiana.edu (stacy holtzman) on 1997.10.22 at 17:32:30(1464)
Hi all,
I will probably purchase some dracunculus vulgaris next spring, and I
actually saw a hardiness zone 5 in one of my catalogs. Is this possible?
Is there any other aroider out there that lives in zone 5 (probably
considered zone 5b, I live in Bloomington, IN)? What other hardy aroids
besides arisaema can be grown as hardy perennials?
Oh, and another plant of interest - I would like to put some arum italicum
out, but the zone hardiness varies between 4 and 7. What's the scoop on

From: Ellen Hornig <hornig at Oswego.EDU> on 1997.10.22 at 18:52:42(1466)
Stacy - both Dracunculus vulgaris and Arum italicum have overwintered here
(zone 5b, great snowcover) for several years.

Ellen Hornig

From: Rand Nicholson <writserv at nbnet.nb.ca> on 1997.10.23 at 04:14:50(1468)
>I live in Bloomington, IN)? What other hardy aroids
>besides arisaema can be grown as hardy perennials?

The "Wolverine Rotted Meat Cadavour Maggot Leavings Plant" (as it is called
by the locals here), could be a hardy winner.

Otherwise known as the North American East Coast _Symplocarpus foetidus_,
(so-called by fussy, obsessive, naming type people that live in countries
where the plant occurs _not_ naturally.) ... it will nicely accent your
spring garden with the scent of something freshly dug that should have been
well left alone.

It is also called "Skunk Cabbage," by layabouts, refering to its leafly
habit, no doubt. It prefers a semi-bog to moist woodsy clearing habit, but
will grow in acidic soil around conifers. It has an ... interesting ...
inflorescence . I reccommend a close study of it in bloom, especially by
neophytes, in order to appreciate the common attributes of this unusual
northern terrestrial Aroid.



From: SNALICE at aol.com on 1997.10.23 at 15:01:58(1471)
Now Rand, your Skunk Cabbage inflorescences may stink, but mine don't! Here
on the west coast we have Lysichiton americanum, with a beautiful brilliant
yellow bloom that has the slight scent of a daffodil.....REALLY! It's the
LEAVES that stink! I think the wastern variety is called 'Skunk Cabbage'
because the leaves actually DO smell like Skunk, and 'Cabbage' perhaps
because of the leaf layout. When crushed, they give off a definite 'skunk'
odor. But the baby plants don't stink at all, and I just happen to have some
youngins'......sprouts in fact. I don't know how they would do in IN., but I
can send you some if you would like. Perhaps a bit of eastern AND western
would be nice. It sounds like they pretty much require the same

From: sholtzma at sunflower.bio.indiana.edu (stacy holtzman) on 1997.10.23 at 15:08:55(1472)
I was definitely going to add skunk cabbage to my bog garden next year, and
was aware that they are hardy here. Hopefully, when all of the plants I
like are planted, not even my family will come visit me. Seriously, my
grandmother thinks I'm absolutely crazy to plant something so foetid in my
yard, but she does realize that I'm kind of antisocial, and that plants are
my closest friends.

From: Zzzadig at aol.com on 1997.10.23 at 18:09:00(1473)
Dranunculus vulgaris is hardy here in Middle Tennessee, although it goes
dormant during the heat of the summer. It always reappears in spring. The
locals here have called it "Dead Horse Lilly" and after sniffing the bloom,
it became apparent to me where the name came from. It may not smell too
pretty, but I have to admit it is one of my favorites and is a bloomer you
can count on. The smell only lasts a short while, so if it is a bother, stay
out of the wind and wait for the smell to pass, then get close and gaze at
this wonder of nature.


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