While it stands to reason that a flower and rotting human flesh would be complete opposites on the smell scale, the legendary Amorphophallus titanum throws that idea right out the window. Commonly known as ‘the Corpse Flower,’ this rare beauty quite literally stinks like a rotten zombie.
Native to Indonesia, the endangered Corpse Flower is so rare that only a very small handful of them bloom throughout the world each year, making them the garden aficionado’s version of a lunar eclipse. And one of the eye-catching and nose-destroying plants is about to come to life at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
After years of growth, the city’s first-ever Corpse Flower is the size of a human being and it’s set to open any minute now, and those who don’t live near Denver will be excited to know that the Gardens have pointed a camera directly at the stinky beast, allowing us all to watch it bloom from the comfort of our homes.
What makes these flowers so unique, aside from the crime scene smell, is that they’re only in bloom for 48 hours, before closing up shop for good. And the scent goes away after those two days pass, initially released for the purpose of attracting flies and beetles for pollination.
We invite you to watch the Corpse Flower live stream below!