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  Dracunculus vulgaris and it's streaked variation
From: "James W. Waddick" <jim-jim at swbell.net> on 1998.04.30 at 19:48:20(2066)
Dear les;
I'll add that this plant should be grown in full sun, but can
tolerate slight shade. I also think good drainage is important although it
can also tolerate some moisture especially in spring.

I'd give mature height about 36-40 inches.

And speaking of D. v. I have seen some plants with lots of silver
streak marks in the foliage along the veins and other plants with little or
no silver streaking. It seems small plants show this less than mature
plants too. I'd sure like to get a heavily silver streaked form-anyone have
a lead?

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From: Lester Kallus <lkallus at earthlink.net> on 1998.05.01 at 15:19:20(2068)
Thanks all for the great info on Dracunculus.

One question remains though...

Is it reliably hardy in zone 7a or should I be digging it up at the end of
the season? If I should, is it similar to Amorphophallus in tuber
production? (If it is, then storing it will be no problem.)
Les

From: "James W. Waddick" <jim-jim at swbell.net> on 1998.05.01 at 19:35:20(2070)
>Thanks all for the great info on Dracunculus.
>
>One question remains though...
>
>Is it reliably hardy in zone 7a or should I be digging it up at the end of
>the season? If I should, is it similar to Amorphophallus in tuber
>production? (If it is, then storing it will be no problem.)
> Les

Dear Les;
I guess I didn't state the obvious that I grow it here and have
seen big plants here at the Zone 5/6 border. I am sure it would be winter
hardy in the ground for you in Zone 7 as long as it is not grown wet. I'd
also think it wouldn't much like digging and storing as it emerges fairly
early.

Should be no problem for you outdoors.

Jim W.

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From: Martyn Denney <Martyn at denney.demon.co.uk> on 1998.05.05 at 21:39:16(2093)
In message ,
James W. Waddick writes
>Dear les;
> I'll add that this plant should be grown in full sun, but can
>tolerate slight shade. I also think good drainage is important although it
>can also tolerate some moisture especially in spring.
>
> I'd give mature height about 36-40 inches.
>
> And speaking of D. v. I have seen some plants with lots of silver
>streak marks in the foliage along the veins and other plants with little or
>no silver streaking. It seems small plants show this less than mature
>plants too. I'd sure like to get a heavily silver streaked form-anyone have
>a lead?
> Anyone know of a variegated D.v.?
>
> best jim W.

The form which has streaks or flecks in the foliage is often thought to
originate on the island of Crete - and it certainly grows there
abundantly. However, having just returned from the Greek Dodecanese
islands where the plant is currently in flower, I can report that the
flecked form is also widespread on the islands of Kos and Symi. There
appears to be no appreciable difference between the flecking on mature
plants and seedlings.
--
Martyn Denney

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