To give you some idea of what you can expect from this list Nikki Phipps is the author of “The Garden Crypt” which is described as “a book that explores the ?other side? of the gardening realm, from the darker side to the more uplifting, yet ominous and unusual side of gardening”. These ten unusual plants are described by Nikki Phipps in her article which I found on the Gardening Know How website.
Those that know me or have read my books, such as The Garden Crypt, are not surprised that I have a love for anything strange and unusual ? especially when it comes to gardening. And while my list of favorites is nearly endless, I wanted to narrow down the field to share some of my picks with other fellow gardeners. Here are my Top 10 unusual plants that can be grown in the garden or indoors, depending on your location and fondness of such plants.
Photo: J?rg Hempel
1. Dragon flower (Dracunculus vulgaris) ? The dragon flower is an unusual plant having a dark purple spadix that resembles a dragon?s tongue. Although its appearance alone makes it unforgettable, you?ll never forget the foul smell of rotting meat in which the plant emits. I?d steer clear of growing this one indoors, but it makes a great accent to moist woodland gardens. Fortunately, the offensive odor lasts only a day, just long enough to attract a few flies.
2. Walking iris (Neomarica gracilis) ? This unusual plant gets its name from the way the stems bend over to the ground, where it roots easily, making it appear as if it is ?walking? through the garden. Walking iris plants produce white, yellow or blue orchid- to iris-like flowers and graceful sword-like foliage. This also makes a good addition to woodland gardens.
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