Pretty Pungent: Rare Corpse Flower Blooms In Volunteer Park | KUOW News and Information

Pretty Pungent: Rare Corpse Flower Blooms In Volunteer Park

Sep 12, 2014

Friends of the Conservatory at Volunteer Park confirmed this morning that their Amorphophallus titanum, better known at the corpse flower, has burst out in all its short-lived and pungent glory.

The flower blooms only about once every three years for 24 to 48 hours and releases a putrid smell to attract carrion beetles. 

Senior gardener David Helgeson compared the smell to "roadkill that’s been laying in the sun for several days."

Helgeson gave KUOW producer Posey Gruener a tour of the conservatory and the corpse flower Thursday day morning before it bloomed.

The conservatory will be open until 9 p.m. Friday to allow "nosy" spectators to take in the bloom.