Dracunculus vulagris and some Brodiaea

Steve Marak samarak@gizmoworks.com
Wed, 10 Jun 2009 23:04:54 PDT
A late addition to this thread ... among the stinky tuberous aroids that I 
grow (to my wife's dismay, a considerable number), the worst smelling are 
the Typhoniums. Several of them smell exactly like being not very far 
downwind from a very large hog farm. Those who have been will appreciate 
how far up the stench scale that is, those who haven't should just be 
thankful - it's a peculiarly penetrating, nose-wrinkling smell even in 
small doses.

As Jane says, Dracuculus vulgaris does a perfect "dead animal" imitation, 
but as Susan noted it can easily be deodorized by washing - the bouquet 
she mentioned was my introduction to the species, 20-odd years ago, and 
I've made bouquets of them myself several times that way. 


On Tue, 9 Jun 2009, Jane McGary wrote:

> Rodger wrote,
> >My Arum dioscorides is undoubtedly stinkier than your Dracunculus vulgaris!
> >
> >Instead of rotting flesh, it smells like a compost heap that has been over-
> >watered and under-aerated and has, in consequence, gone to the dark side.
> As it grows here, Arum dioscoridis smells very like cow manure, and 
> Dracunculus smells exactly like a rotting animal corpse. I'd say 
> Dracunculus is worse. When it blooms, my first reaction is "Where did 
> the dogs leave a dead mole?"
> Another aggressive stinker in the bulb collection is Fritillaria 
> agrestis (common name, "Stink bells"). I have a number of Biarum 
> species, and none seems particularly offensive. I used to have some 
> Ferraria species in the solarium, but I got rid of them; their scent 
> is offensive even though it doesn't resemble anything I can identify 
> (lion dung, perhaps?).

-- Steve Marak
-- samarak@gizmoworks.com

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