Thank You papito!!! I had already found the info I needed else where:
Dracunculus vulgaris (Family, Araceae) is both startling and fascinating. Native to the Balkans, Mediterranean Europe, Greece, the isle of Crete and the Aegean Islands, the land of myths and monsters is the perfect home for this wildflower. It has many names. The Greeks call it "drakondea" or dragon flower
. It is also know as the voodoo lily
, stink lily
, devil's tongue, black dragon or dragon lily
At first glance it looks like a jungle flower
for the size of its blossom, the dark, intense colors, the unusually fingered leaves and snakeskin-patterned stem.
is really a lipped spathe, similar to a Calla, but larger, slightly ruffled and dark maroon. From this springs a purple-black spadex that can be from 10 to 53 inches long. It isn't called amorphallis in form for nothing. One on-line wag dubbed it the Viagra lily
. It blooms in May or June for a day or two.
The leaves are pale green with white accents arranged in sets of threes on a stem resembling an open necklace or antlers in form. The true blossoms are hidden inside the spathe and pollinated by carrion-eating pollinators such as flies. The scent is of meat gone bad, but it only lasts about a day. However, I wouldn't plant
them near my front door!
The Drakondea reproduces by self-seeding and bulb offsets. The seed
head falls over when ripe and drops to the ground where ants and beetles may carry the seeds
to other parts of the garden. The seed
head is a heavy cluster of tightly packed, red-orange berries at the end of a stalk.
Here is another Article
referring to one I have. Until I received a couple of bulbs, I had no idea that there were so many different ones. I also found out that I can plant
this one outdoors in my flower
bed and just leave it year around in zone