> > In Crete there are populations with white / cream/ yellow >spathes that are very lovely, but still stinky. > Under prime conditions it can reach to 7 ft in height. I >suppose with a proportionately large , proportionally stinky flower. >And finally there are some variants with well marked silvery >'chevrons' on the leaflets and others with plain green leaves. > Jim et al, And don't forget the related Dracunculus canariensis. It is a much more slender flower in white, without the markings etc on the leaves but still with a similar leaf shape (although the leaves are also more slender). I saw it in person a few years ago and loved it. I think my plant is finally to flowering size, so hopefully I can share pics of it later this year. It has now started offsetting a bit too, which is nice, as for a couple of years it was only a single plant and I was a bit paranoid about losing it. I don't know whether it has the same smell or not, as I wasn't there when my friend's one opened a few years ago. It didn't smell when I saw it, but that doesn't mean it wasn't pongy before that. Worst smell I've come across so far from the aroids I have grown is actually Typhonium brownii. Best described as a dead possum, much worse than the Arum diosoridis and Dracunculus.... in my climate at least. <grin> I'd love to see a pure white Drac vulgaris though, as it would be so different to that mahogany mammoth that we're used to. Cheers. Paul T. Canberra, Australia - USDA Zone Equivalent approx. 8/9 Growing an eclectic collection of plants from all over the world including Aroids, Crocus, Cyclamen, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Galanthus, Irises, Trilliums (to name but a few) and just about anything else that doesn't move!!