Stinky Corpse Flower Blooms in Washington, DC

Corpse Flower in full bloom at the muttart Conservatory in EdmontonFor some strange reason or other, people seem to be drawn to stinky things! Whenever the giant corpse flower or titan arum blooms and releases its foul scent, the event draws massive crowds around the world! Whether it was in Switzerland last year, Canada a few months ago or Belgian earlier in July, people can’t seem to get enough of the corpse flower.

Not to be left out on the excitement, Americans had their chance to view the giant stinky flower in person recently. On Sunday July 21, 2013, the 8 ft (2.4 m) titan arum bloomed at the US Botanic Garden in Washington, DC. Thousands plant enthusiasts and the curious came to get a whiff of the infamous rotting corpse odour it produces when the plant is in full bloom. The plant was at its stinkiest early Monday morning.

Staff extended their visiting hours so that they can accommodate as many people as they can for this rare and exciting event. As the blooming cycle is unpredictable and sporadic, there’s no telling when the flower will bloom. The titan arum can go through decades before it blooms! Plus, the plant typically collapses within a few days. The corpse flower at the US Botanic Garden is close to 10 years old and this is the first time it has flowered.

The titan arum is an exotic plant native to the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia. As such, the ideal conditions for the plant to bloom is a hot and humid climate. The foul odour is used to attract pollinating beetles.

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About Connor Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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3 Responses to Stinky Corpse Flower Blooms in Washington, DC

  1. Silver Price says:

    Hand pollination of the titan arum is tentatively schedule for 9 a.m. Monday morning. The reason the plant requires this procedure is that the approximately 450 female flowers that ring the base of the column-like structure (spadix) are ready to receive pollen now, but the 500 to 1,000 male flowers above them won’t shed their pollen until later.


  2. That is amazing! I don’t know if I’d want to see it or to avoid it like the plague! Thanks for the great read.


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