Tradescantia? Sick of Stachys? Exhausted from Echinacea?
Stick THIS in your border!
Dracunculus vulgaris at the Hahn Horticulture Garden, Virginia Tech. Hardy to USDA Zone 5b.
Closely related (as one might imagine) to
Amorphophallus. Lovely silver-splashed foliage, velvety crimson spathe, and big honkin’ spadix in early summer.
Easy to grow; part shade and good drainage seem to work well. After a few years, you’ll have several offsets to share with your dearest friends/worst enemies.
At the peak of bloom, the fragrance is reminiscent of lily or tuberose (if they were arranged on a patty of rotting hamburger).
Garden Interns Brittaney and Anna think it’s JUST FABULOUS!
Available from that purveyor of all plants phallic,
(They have lots of other stuff, too.)