man-eating Venus Fly-traps? Night-flying daisies? Blood-sucking
rutabagas? No, not quite.
there are lots of plants associated with repelling vampires,
I've found only *one* mention of vampiric plants. The Islamic
gypsies of Bosnia (Kosovo-Metohija region) believe that pumpkins
and watermelons, if kept too long in the house, can become
"vampires". This vampiric metamorphosis occurs because they
are "fighting one another". "Too long" is variously stated
as ten days or just after Christmas. The Lesani gypsies think
that a dried pumpkin, used as a siphon, will turn vampiric
if it stays unopened for three years. These vampire vegetables
might show a bit of blood, roll around the house and stables,
make a noise described as 'brrr, brrr, brrr', and just generally
annoy the living.
destroy the vampire pumpkins and watermelons, you plunge them
into a pot of boiling water. After pouring away the water,
scrub the vegetables with a broom and throw them away. Burn
"The Vampire" by T. P. Vukavonic, reprinted in Vampires of
the Slavs, by Jan L. Perkowski. Vukavonic did field research
with the gypsies in Serbia during the 30s and 40s. Of course,
these same gypsies told Vukavonic that they believed certain
agricultural implements could also become vampires, so I suspect
that either the Rom were pulling Vukavonic's leg (not unheard
of) or there may have been some mistranslation or misinterpretation
of their beliefs.
also been told, although I haven't found any confirmation,
that tomatoes were also once thought to turn into vampires.
Supposedly, if they were picked ripe and didn't rot for three
months they would have the power to drain all your blood in
the middle of the night.