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Dracula

03 March 2011 17:57:58
Dracunculus vulgaris

Dracunculus vulgaris

I bought 10 Dracunculus vulgaris corms last autumn and, after giving one away, I sowed the other nine in the garden.

I would just like to say that I have grown this aroid before and have always found it very hardy. Winter 2009 did not kill my previous ones but they didn't flower in 2010 so maybe the intense cold had some negative effect or maybe they just needed feeding. My previous ones have been in the ground for about 7 years.

But this spring I saw no sign of the new 9 aroids in the garden and I feared the worst. Then, today, I saw four of them up. Actually I had been looking in the wrong place for them. Silly me!


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ladygardener ladygardener 03 March 2011 19:13:05

Just googled it looks fab hope it flowers this year


fran m fran m 03 March 2011 19:45:40

Best of luck with them


Hoeys Hoeys 03 March 2011 19:52:25

oh i hope it will flower for you.


Clara Clara 03 March 2011 20:21:35

Good luck with it will google it now.  Just had a look at it lovely purple one, what colour is that one??


Hosta Hosta 03 March 2011 20:31:11

Oh they look great and will be even better if they flower.  Sadly mine died in the winter :(


Lìga Lìga 03 March 2011 22:29:59

Ha,ha..good one,,looking in wrong place:))Glad they grow for you.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 04 March 2011 00:02:05

Rachel just saw mine coming up today think I must have planted them later than you as mine are a little less up :-) can't wait for the flower anyway not sure about the smell :-)


Rachel Rachel 04 March 2011 00:06:54

Clare, I think they're all a dark red/purple colour. You took a great snap of one last year!

Sorry about that, Margaret. I think Deborah lost some the winter before last too.

Glad to make you laugh, Liga.

Something great to look forward to, Bill.

Thanks for the comments, everyone.


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