Sunday, June 5, 2016
Pretty and stinky!
Everything is early this year, including the blooming of the Voodoo Lily, Dracunculus vulgaris.
Tom came in from mowing the lawn Saturday morning and said that I might not want to go sit in the lower garden. It was stinky down there. That could only mean that the voodoo lily buds I had been watching were beginning to open.
Sure enough, by Saturday evening the first bloom was fully open, and attracting flies like crazy. You see, even though it is a gorgeous purple flower, it is also a fetid flower, sending off the fragrance of rotting meat. That's so it can attract flies and other bug pollinators.
Tom used a ruler to show the size on one bloom. The spathe is about eight inches across the the spadix or spike is well over a foot long.
I counted seven buds in all.
By Sunday morning there were three buds in bloom, and the air was ripe with stink. The flowers send off their odor for about two days, so as all of the buds bloom, we should have about a week's worth of stinky beauty. It's 93 here today, so they'll pop open fast.
I hope the neighbors don't complain.