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Hello all, anyone any idea as to what plant this weird thing is please?

It grew like wildfire out of a pot in my yard this Spring like a huge mottled spike. It almost reminded me of reptile skin. These weird leaves unfurled from the spike and it now has what looks like the start of a huge flower, another foot long spike with a purpley, frilly edge along the length. It looks set to unfurl anytime but conitnues to grow.

I've never seen anything like it and have no idea where it's come from. The excitement of what this flower is going to look like is killing me!

If someone can ID this I would be very grateful. The plant is currently about 2-3 feet in height.

Many thanks,



  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,884

    Hello melanie. You say it is growing in your "yard". Do you live in the USA? This forum is based in UK so there is a chance that your plant isn't well known over here. However, somebody will probably be along soon with a suggestion.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Ha ha, no, I live in Sheffield, UK! I only have a concrete yard out back so all my plants are in pots. This weird plant does look like something that doesn't belong here though! image
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,740

    It looks like one of the Arisaemas, sometimes called snake lily or cobra lily - related to the arums (calla lily, jack in the pulpit etc)

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • I thinks it's Dranunculus vulgaris, it's flowers are wonderful, but the smell is dreadfull...image 

  • FritillaryFritillary Posts: 497

    Yes, wonderful flowers, but smells like rotting meat. The blue bottles love it.image


  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,224

    Yes, Dranunculus. How wonderful!

  • Wow! Thanks guys, knew I could rely on you. I have no idea where this came from but I did get a lot of random plants last year from allotment sales and Freecycle. It must've been in one of the pots. How exciting! It says on a website that the smell only lasts for a day but I fear I'm going to miss it, I'm going on holiday soon!

    Thanks again, Mel
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