Members of Dracunculus are are hardy perennials. They are small to medium in size, ranging from about 45 to 90 cm (18 inches to 3 feet) in height.
Dracunculus Plants bloom in the early months of summer, when they carry blood red flowers. These flowers have a strong harmful odour.
Dracunculus vulgaris - Dragon Lily by albategnius.
Common names for Dracunculus include Dragon Arum and Dragon plant.
This plant genus contains two species
Dranunculus vulgaris (Dragon Lily / Dragon Arum / Black Arum / Common Dracunculus), photograph by Leonora (Ellie) Enking; CC.
Dracunculus canariensis (Canary Island Dragon Lily), picture by Jungle Rebel; CC.
When growing Dragon Arum outdoors, the seed should be sown into a shaded part of the garden. This should have good drainage. Sow out in the Autumn.
The seeds should be lightly covered with topsoil. Dracunculus plants prefer to grow in an organic soil.
If you first plan to start Dragon Arum off indoors, then preparation should be started at the end of winter to the beginning of spring.
It will take anything from one to six months for the plants to germinate. This should be done at a temperature of 13 to 18 degrees Centigrade (55 to 64°F).
Once seedlings are strong, the young Dragon Arum plants should be planted in the garden, with a spacing of about 30 cm (12 inches).
Once Dracunculus plants are established, it is important to keep the soil moist during the growing season. Soil can be left as is during the winter months.
If you require more Dragon Arum's then they can be divided in the autumn.
I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Dracunculus plants. You may also enjoy my gardening guides on other Araceae family members; how to grow Arum italicum, Aglaonema commutatum, and Zantedeschia plants.