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Dracunculus vulgaris

Dracunculus vulgaris (Common dracunculus, Voodoo lily, Dragon arum)

is a fully hardy perennial semi-evergreen forb with purple and dark pink flowers in early Summer. It grows well in direct sun and semi-shade, and prefers medium levels of water. The flowers are ligulate shaped arranged in a spadix inflorescence. It has average drought tolerance.
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It looks best in Summer.



Stinks of rotting flesh and is pollinated by flies. However the smell only lasts the first day it flowers and is only detectable by humans if you are with about 20 feet (6 metres) away. Every day thereafter there is no smell and the inflorescence lasts about a week.


Dracunculus vulgaris grows in soils ranging from a pH of 6.6 (neutral ranges from 6.6 to 7.5) to 7.9 (slightly alkaline ranges from 7.6 to 8). It is adapted to loamy sand, sandy clay and sandy loam soils.


This is a erect plant has an ultimate height of 0.9m / 3ft and spread of 0.2m / 7.1in. It can take 2-3 years to reach its ultimate height.


It has green leaves.


The plant prefers a sheltered situation.


Severe in whole plant. Toxic to eat and also will irritate the skin on contact.


Cottage informal garden, flower border and bed and tropical effect.

-20°C / -4F 6.6 to 7.9 2-3 years 0.9m / 3ft 0.2m / 7.1in
Scientific classifications [Edit]
Genus ? Dracunculus
Specific epithet ? vulgaris
Common names
Common dracunculus (United States), Voodoo lily (Ireland), Dragon arum (Ireland)
User notes have orange headings. All other information is made up from editing attributes. IPNI details on Dracunculus vulgaris
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