Dracunculus vulgaris is also know as the Dragons Tongue Lily or Dragon Arum. When you have seen one in bloom, you'll know why. Or actually when you have smelled one in bloom you'll know why. The flowering form of this Eastern Mediterranean native is quite spectacular. The velvet red spathe surrounds a pitch black leathery spike or spadix, the dragon's tonque. In order to get pollinated this flower form attracts flies by spreading an unpleasant scent. The flies decent into the spathe and pollinate the plant. Dracunculus vulgaris doesn't breathe fire, but is seems an encounter with a real dragon.