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The wonderful Cardiocrinum giganteum (formerly Lilium giganteum).  I have had this growing in a pot for the last two years. This is it's first flowering and the plant will now die - it is monocarpic. It should however produce a few offspring in the form of smaller bulbs around the base of the old one. The height of the plant is over 6feet (1.8m) (hence giganteum). It is from the Himalayas where it can grow to 12 feet (3.6m) in height.

 

 

 

 

 

John Spooner 2006

 

 

This plant has been found in my garden. I have no idea where it came from.
When it first appeared in the sprintime I thought it was unusual and so I left it to grow on simply to see what it could be.

I have discovered that it is Dracunculus vulgaris.  The spectacular 'flower' (spathe) measures some 2 feet (75cm) across and the plant is about 3 feet (90cm) in height.  This picture was taken on 17 June 2006.  It's common name is Dragon Arum and it is from the Mediterranean region growing to 5 feet (1.5m) in height.

It has a thick stem with a 'snakeskin' type pattern and it's perfume is somewhat 'pungent'

These pictures were taken on 02 July 2006

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