The Random Gardener (that's me) wanted to share a plant that recently made an appearance in the yard. This, my dears, is called a "Voodoo Lily", also known as a "Dragon Flower" or by its Latin name Dracunculus Vulgaris. It also goes by "Stink Lily" because for a short time, it can smell like carrion, which apparently attracts the flies that it needs to be pollinated. Definitely one of the more exotic plants in my yard and, shall we say, the most "naughty" looking. I have some planted out by the sidewalk and people often just stop and stare at them with their mouths open. This year some of the plants bloomed in my back yard as well, probably because I have been watering back there more frequently. Seems to do well in the Pacific Northwest climate, even though it looks like it should be growing in the jungle. Wikipedia says it is native to the Balkans and Greece.
Pretty striking, don't you think? I picked up these bulbs in my local farmer's market, and have seen them at the garden store, so they aren't hard to find.. As long as you water them regularly, and don't overdo it, they are very easy to grow. I have some in partial shade, and some in full sun. Definitely for the gardener who likes something a little less traditional :)