Saturday, July 4, 2009

Arum dracunculus vulgaris - Dragon Arum

This year we have five blooms on the arum plant. It's a weird one that we got from a stranger at the Farmers' Market about ten years ago. He said he'd give us one of the bulbs if we'd plant it. We did and it thrives. The flowers are about twelve inches from bottom to top and they give off an unpleasant odor. Flies are the pollinators of this flower and it attracts them via the smell. I really like the color. When it's new there aren't the white patches. Didn't get out quite soon enough but this photo will give you an idea of what this plant looks like. In the fall it has red berries in a cluster where each flower was. We've got quite a few small ones coming up. Maybe it's time for us to carry them to the Farmers' Market and pass them on to another gardener.

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