Dragon arum

Dracunculus vulgaris | Also known as: Stink lily, Dragonwort, Brook leek, Dragon's female, Arum dracunculus | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

Dragon Arum. Dragon's really shouldn't drink rum, a drunk dragon is highly dangerous.

Dracunculus vulgaris or, to give it its more common name, the Dragon Arum, is a striking plant that flowers with maroon blooms during the summer. These flowers are very pungent – in fact they smell pretty bad, so don’t plant this fella too close to the house… And be aware that all parts of the plant are toxic, so probably not suitable for a child-friendly garden. However, it is a rather stunning plant, and easy to grow, so a great choice if you want to add a touch of the exotic to your garden.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 1.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • Purple
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • offsets
Growth habit
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z8-10
Heat zone
  • H10-8
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -12 - 4
Heat days
  • 90 - 180
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • Exotic
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • For birds & bees
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Cottage garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Banks and slopes
  • Architectural
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years