I live in Victoria, in the Pacific North West (zone 8) and summer arrived here this week and the flowers pictured below started to bloom. I'm new here. Can anybody identify them?enter image description here

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  • This looks like some specifies of Arum lily. Is it growing in the wild or in a garden? Commented Jun 19, 2018 at 19:06
  • @David Liam Clayton In a garden.
    – Al Maki
    Commented Jun 20, 2018 at 2:23
  • This is one heck of a plant to find in one's garden. Scary looking flower...seriously! Grins! Do you have cats? This plant is seriously attractive and very poisonous to cats.
    – stormy
    Commented Jun 22, 2018 at 1:10
  • @stormy Unfortunately controlling where a cat goes is beyond my abilities. Besides our own, whom I am happy to simply get in at night, our yard is contested territory for some others. No cat corpses so far though. Apparently it's also toxic for dogs and we have one, but she ignores vegetable matter.
    – Al Maki
    Commented Jun 22, 2018 at 15:29
  • Ha ha ha...just good to know if you've got cats. Hey, I am a little sensitized as we found we have 5 new kittens of our very own...from a feral that looked no older than 6 months. I simply can't admit the other ferals, strays, free loaders from the neighborhood I feed (otherwise they'd eat more baby bunnies)...and the ditties I have indoors. I have a sickness. Grins. Cats are actually attracted to lilies, they don't just happen to munch on a leaf. And they would go off to die anyway. Amazing plant to just show up in your garden. What color are your hydrangeas?
    – stormy
    Commented Jun 23, 2018 at 1:17

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It is Dracunculus vulgaris, a tuberous perennial plant. You may not like it because as it matures, it absolutely stinks when it's ready to be pollinated. Sometimes grown in gardens for its novelty value, it has many common names, some of which are unmentionable here, but a fairly common one is Dragon's Arum or Dragon Lily. It is native to mediterranean areas. More info here http://www.tropicalbritain.co.uk/dracunculus-vulgaris.html

  • Vulgar Lily! Beautiful purple but you know, I just knew this was gonna stink. Good job Bamboo. Victoria should be the same or less than Seattle, Al says it is 8? Is there another zone map I don't know about, Bamboo? Someone else just said they were in zone 10 I think it was UK...
    – stormy
    Commented Jun 19, 2018 at 20:20
  • You use Sunset zones or USDA zones over there Stormy - I have a book that classifies Europe and the UK by zone, but not sure the temperatures correspond with USDA numbers - most of the UK is Zone 8 as far as I can tell.
    – Bamboo
    Commented Jun 19, 2018 at 21:27
  • @stormy Victoria is listed as Zone 9 but in my opinion that's a stretch. We're at the north end of it. We're a wee bit cooler but noticably drier than Seattle. But we're substantially cooler than both coastal Oregon and Northern California that I would consider Zone 9. As well. the zone lines get very close together up here. Personally I would rather error on the conservative side and call us Zone 8.
    – Al Maki
    Commented Jun 20, 2018 at 2:09
  • @Bamboo Thanks for the identification. I have to laugh because one of our most striking local species is another a member of the Araceaea family, Lysichiton americanus, or as we say here, skunk cabbage. In the house I lived in up until last August, the ravine behind the house was full of skunk cabbage at this time of year. Gorgeous, but stinky.
    – Al Maki
    Commented Jun 20, 2018 at 2:20
  • Oh delightful, surrounded by stinky plants!
    – Bamboo
    Commented Jun 20, 2018 at 10:39

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