Look! Corpse Flower at the Huntington

Look! Corpse Flower at the Huntington

Laure Joliet
Jun 15, 2009

We normally bring up the Huntington Cactus Garden as inspiration but lately there's been something else attracting attention at the expansive garden. It's the largest bloom in the world and it's set to open any day now:

The Corpse Flower, or Titan arum, is indigenous to Sumatra where it grows on the edge of the rain forest but the Huntington in Pasadena has one that's about to bloom. These pictures were taken on Friday on a school field trip and the stalk had reached 6 feet tall. When it blooms the blossom is likely to be at least 4 feet in diameter. And as the LA Times reported: the last time the flower bloomed in 1999 close to 76,000 people lined up to catch a peek at the elusive flower. But don't get too close, it gets its common name from its fragrance which is reminiscent of rotting flesh.

Here's what the bloom will look like:

Follow the progress of the plant on the Huntington's website where they're predicting that it will bloom by 'stinky tuesday'.

(Image: Elliott Jobe and wikipedia)

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