Among other things, it is called Black Dragon... or Stink Lily. Indeed, it is one of those plants that pollinates by attracting carrion insects with its (delightful-to-some) odor of rotting meat. Thank goodness it's pretty faint! But wow, a more striking flower is difficult to find. And this thing is BIG. The spathe (the purple petal-like part of the flower) is about 2 feet long, and the spadix is about half that... It's originally from Greece and Turkey, but apparently lives quite well in the Pacific Northwest. I think (with the post office's permission, in front of which this one has elected to proliferate) I'll snag a few seeds in the fall and plant them down at the bottom of the garden, to contrast with the calla lilies that are already down there...


Credits: Background paper by Dana Zarling (Designer Digitals, Web Challenge Freebie 7/13/08). Fonts: CAC Shishoni Brush and Franklin Gothic. Seagull is mine. Journaling reads: "Arum dracunculus: The most drama in Yachats since the winter storms." (I'm being a little facetious--they actually put on a lot of really good plays here. Wink