NEW YORK – If you’ve ever wanted to watch a curious gigantic flower that smells like death bloom, well, you’re not alone.
The Amorphophallus titanum, a massive flower native to Sumatra that only blooms once a decade, is finally blossoming in New York City at the New York Botanical Garden. It’s also known as the “corpse flower.”
According to the NYBG’s site, it’s a “horticultural jewel 10 years in the making” and hasn’t made an appearance in the city for over 80 years.
The flower in itself is a sight to see, with leaves that can grow up to 20 feet long.
But the real attraction is that the plant actually smells like death. Well more specifically, at least, according to floriculturist Tim Pollak, rotting fish, stinky cheese, Chloraseptic throat spray, garlic and mothballs. Basically, it’s New York City encapsulated in a large flower.
The corpse flower is unpredictable with its bloom, which makes it exciting. If you can’t make it to New York to watch it happen, never fear, you can watch it live on the feed below.