Dracunculus vulgaris is a very spectacular plant for the garden. Performs best when planted in a warm sunny spot that is free draining. Dragon flower as it is commonly has quite a pungent smell for the first couple of days when the flower opens. The foliage of Dracunculus vulgaris along with the deep maroon spathe does actually make this a superb plant for the garden. This is a member of the arum family and will overwinter easily in the garden especially if mulched in November/December. Dracunculus will also natualise very quickly and start producing more stems.
Plant in the sunnier part of the garden in soils that are well drained. Cultivate soils to a depth of 15-20cms and plant bulbs as per the growing instructions below. In heavy soils such as clay add grit or humus matter to help with drainage. In sandy soils add organic matter to help with fertility. They will naturalise and spread really well. After a number of years they may need to be divided. Dig them up when the flowers have died back and re-plant farther apart.
Ideal foods are well rotted manures, grass clippings, tomato feed and bone meal.
Feed with bone meal or similar if the soil is prone to being poor.
Flowering Height: 90-100cm (36-40″)
Flowering Period: May-June
Aspect: Semi shade to full sun.
Soil type: All free draining soils that are fertile
Scented: Pungent for first few days
Planting Depth: 10-15cms
Planting distance: 20-30cm