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Dracunculus vulgaris

For those of you who use the double gate and enjoy the welcoming scents of sarcococca in deepest winter, daphne in early spring, azalea luteum mid spring and roses in the summer, you may have a bit of a surprise over the next week or so.

Dracunculus vulgaris, or stink, voodoo or dragon lily, is coming into flower. Originating in the Eastern Mediterranean it is a plant that is pollinated by flies so sends out a stench of a scent, reminiscent of rotting meat or a bin lorry on a hot day. Once out the flower will not last long and we will return to the more classic scents of summer.

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