Son bought a ‘bulb’ in Amsterdam. Left it dry on the table, grew a minor shoot the died. Put the bulb in soil, nothing happened for a couple of weeks, then grew an enormous shoot in a week or so (0.5m). Massive leaf (one per stalk). Now growing shoots No 2 and 3. We’re in the UK. Can it live outside ?
It’s dracunculus vulgaris, and is a very strange plant. Two of them recently appeared in my garden and the spotted stem kind of freaked me out. We’ll see if it blooms. Grows in Mediterranean countries and evidently small northeast cities.