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.
I’m so excited to see pictures of this plant. I’ve had it for years. I can’t remember where I purchased it or what it was called. I just always referred to it as a “C” plant, because of the shape of the leaves around the stem. Really really excited to know what I have. Thanks for the help!!!
I planted a vegetable garden in Belmont, California in early July, 2014 and as I watered the new garden, this mystery plant began to grow. The main shoot resembles the colors speckles on a watermelon.
No idea how long the bulb has been in the soil since we only moved here recently.
One of these just appeared in my yard this summer. Its next to my house in the middle of my strawberry patch. No idea how it got there, but I also have a huge squash plant that also showed up right behind this “voodoo plant” Birds must have been busy. This will be interesting. I appreciate all the comments as this had me quite puzzled.