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Shoot identification.

An elderly lady is concerned about a plant shoot in her garden, she said last year it grew to about three foot high with a white stem.

The bed will get tidied up in a couple of weeks time and I'm still trying to work out what is in it.


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  • It looks very much like something we accidentally bought for,our own garden with a lovely flower but stank of dead meat, think it is Dracunculus vulgaris 

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    I think Busy Bee is right Dracunculus vulgaris, I had one come up in a boarder last year and it looked fantastic but stank like death.

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    It isn’t the deliberate planting of a plant from a garden centre, various house plant pots have been emptied out across the bed to reuse the compost, so it could be an accidental planting of a house plant .

    I presume that the Lords and Ladies is the same family of plants, but the stem is more like the Dracunculus Vulgaris.

    The lady is convinced it is some sort of toxic Triffid and has declared an exclusion zone around it.



    Dragon Arum, Dracunculus vulgaris
    Photo of leaves and stem, of Dragon Arum, Dracunculus vulgaris, at Rethymno, Crete, Greece. A very impressive plant whose small flowers are massed on…
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      Heaven only knows how this found its way into the flowerbed. 


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  • Enjoy the scent.......

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    It will soon smell like death but look fantastic.

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