This is a spectacular frost hardy perennial from Crete. It grows about 90-120cm (3-4 ft) high with marbled foliage and, for a short period, a large maroon, verging on black, spathe.
Surprisingly easy to grow in a sunny or shady spot with fertile, well drained soil. It starts emerging in May, produces the spathe around May/June and the foliage usually persists until October/November.
Supplied as very large bulbs which will flower the first year after planting. Plant about 8-10cm deep. the new bud will be easy to see, plant this side up.
Dracunculus vulgaris in 2 litre pot £10 Available at plant fairs only as they are way too large to send by post. Available by mail order in the late summer.