The infamous “corpse flower” has been in bloom this week at two Charlotte-area botanical gardens. Here’s how – and why – to get a whiff.
▪ The flower’s proper name is Amorphophallus titanum, or Titan Arum for short.
▪ These plants only blooms once every seven to 10 years.
▪ The bloom only lasts for a few days. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden extended its hours Tuesday to help people catch a glimpse. Unfortunately, their plant has now closed.
▪ UNC Charlotte’s Botanical Gardens expects its Titan Arum to bloom Thursday and Friday.
▪ The “corpse flower” moniker comes because the bloom smells like decomposing flesh. People also describe the smell as “rotting garbage.”
▪ Check out the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens page on Facebook for the latest updates.
▪ The plants have quite the following on social media, with fans taking “stinky selfies” of themselves. Here’s a sampling of posts from the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.