More Information About Dracunculus
Dracunculus sounds like what you'd get if you crossed Dracula with a Ranunculus...well, not really. Dracula and Dracunculus do both share the same Latin root word "draco" which means 'dragon' or 'snake' and refers to the fang-like spadix and poisonous root of the plant. Dracunculus is an absolutely fascinating genus of exotic plants containing just 3 species (or just 2 if you separate out helicodiceros like most do). These plants are native to a small region of the world that includes the Balkans, the Aegean islands, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Corsica, Sardinia and western Turkey.
Dracunculus is in the family Araceae, and like all aroids has a fascinating spathe and spadix flower. The Dracunculus flower tops the 2-4' tall stalk in the spring. The eye-catching inflorescence has one drawback, it smells like rotten flesh (to attract pollinators) and thus should not be planted near an open window unless it belongs to a noisy neighbor. If dracunculus find a pollinator, the flower will be replaced by a Arum-like cluster of red seeds later in the summer. While exploring the island of Crete, we saw some incredible white spathe forms of Dracunculus which we hope to someday bring into cultivation. Dracunculus leaves, too, are fascinating, with mulitple lobes and occasional white linear markings.
The best place to grow Dracunculus is in full or part sun in well-drained soil. When you are ready to buy dracunculus for your garden, check out our dracunculus for sale.