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Voodoo Lilly


Tried to post this yesterday. This plant comes up every year in my front garden in Grays Essex. It smells of rotton meat and attracts nothing but flies for about a day before the smell subsides. I've looked online and it looks like Dracunculus Vulgaris or the Voodo / dragon lilly.

Can anyone tell me a bit more about it and what I should be doing to care for it as its survival in my garden seems more down to luck than anything else.

How can grow more plants?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,432

    It is Dracunculus vulgaris, boggwoppit. If you use that name there's no doubt which plant you're talking about. Voodoo lily describes at least 3 plants. Mine looks after itself but the one I have on poor soil that dries out in summer doesn't do so well. The best are in some shade. You can dig up some tubers and spread them around to propagate it. If it comes to seed you can sow them but mine has never made seed. Wonderful to look at but stay up-wind.


    In the sticks near Peterborough
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