Stinky Corpse Flower Blooms in Washington
LuAnn found an article about the appearance of a Corpse Flower in Washington D.C.
A towering plant that smells like rotting meat and is native to the Indonesian rainforest is in full bloom in the US capital, drawing throngs of tourists. Visitors waited in line in soaring summer heat for a chance to see and smell the flower, but some were disappointed that the worst of the stench had already passed. “Not nearly as smelly as I had hoped,” tweeted one visitor.
The flower can reach 3.5 meters (12 feet) tall and smells of decomposing flesh in order to attract pollinators like dung beetles. Its blooming is unpredictable, and may happen every few years or every few decades. The plant requires very special conditions, including warm day and night temperatures and high humidity, making the US Botanic Garden well suited to support this strange plant outside of its natural range. The plant was first discovered in 1878 and the last time one bloomed at the US Botanic Garden was in 2007.
To learn more about this amazing plant, check out our post from last October about a New Hampshire grower who specializes in them.