In flower now...... Dracunculus vulgaris

Dracunculus vulgaris

This striking member of the Arum family is in full bloom right now at the Botanic Garden. Head towards the gap between the walls leading into the lower garden but turn left just before you get there onto the little grass path. There is a small group of these plants packing a powerful punch with their "interesting" smell.

This species is native to the Balkans and has many common names including dragon arum, snake lily, stink lily, and black arum.

Like many other members of this family, it lures insects in to pollinate its flowers by emitting a scent of rotting meat and also does its best to make the spathe around the spadix (inflorescence) look like rotting flesh too!