A ‘putrid’ corpse flower blooms at the US Botanical Garden in June 2022 – NBC4 Washington


A rare 8-foot-tall flower known for its potent stink has reached its peak bloom at the US Botanic Garden in Washington, DC

The Amorphophallus titanium reached its peak of flowering on Thursday. The plant is nine years old and 2022 marked its first bloom, according to the US Botanic Garden.

The Corpse Flower is a gigantic plant with a tall spike, called a spadix, surrounded by a purple flower inside. Its smell is often compared to rotting flesh.

The plant doubled in height from May 19 to May 31 and opened when it reached 97 inches in height. Peak bloom typically lasts up to 36 hours, according to the Chicago Botanical Garden.

The flower will be displayed in the courtyard of the conservatory garden every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors may wish to double face masks.

“Its putrid odor is most potent during peak flowering at night until early morning. The smell is often compared to the stench of rotting flesh,” the botanical garden’s website states.

Corpse flowers bloom unpredictably, perhaps every few years to more than a decade, depending on the botanical garden. The garden has seen several of its Corpse Flowers bloom recently, including in 2021, 2020, and 2017, when three flowers sprouted.


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