Minnesota's stinky flower

corpse flower - some of these flowers are really beautiful.
@winterose (39893)
Canada
April 11, 2008 9:22pm CST
have you ever heard of the corpse flower, or the Titan Arum? Apparently it is very rare and it grows in Minnesota. The flower gets its name because it smells like a rotten corpse for a few days before the smell goes away. I just saw this on the news and couldn't help but wonder what my good friend grandpa.... would think about it. have you ever heard of it does it grow in your part of the world, would you want to have this kind of flower in your garden?
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@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
12 Apr 08
Actually this flower is home in Indonesia. Many conservatories and botanical gardens the world over have a specimen. When it is in bloom (stinky) the flower looks like a bright red hunk of rotting flesh. Crowds line up to see this bloom because it does not bloom very often. I must confess I have also stood in line to see one. Right now one is in bloom in Minnesota and it is named Bob. I also thought what our good friend Grandpa would think of this. Here is a link http://www.fortmilltimes.com/124/story/128609.html
@webeishere (36351)
• United States
12 Apr 08
it is named BOB after Brian O'Brien whom gave ot ti the Minnesota Como Park Conservortory. Thank you LindaLinda for the link as well. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Apr 08
thanks for the info Linda, grampa bob has a plant named after him now hahahahaha, just don't bring it to my house to show it off.
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• Canada
14 Apr 08
I promise I won't. Those suckers are huge and the aroma would make you pass out.
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@ElicBxn (61143)
• United States
12 Apr 08
I checked it and found that its a tropical plant - I seemed to remember it from a rather recent news artical that some green house managed to get it to bloom outside its normal range. It was found on the island of Sumatra - which always reminds me of "the giant rat of Sumatra."
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Apr 08
thanks hon for the info on the corpse plant.
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@healer (1782)
• India
12 Apr 08
I read about this flower once and what i read was it smells very horrible that i can be smelled from 50 meters away also. I think Titan Arum is its scientific name and it smells when it blooms. I don't think people would plant such flower in their garden, as its smelly and according to the picture its not very attractive also. Well i never heard of people growing this flower in their garden till now, in botanical garden we might find it but i am sure it will be isolated from the other flowers.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Apr 08
I guess that would make sense grow it in a botanical garden behind glass lol.
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12 Apr 08
Yes ive heard of this flower I used to study it at University as part of my course. It really is a stinking flower, although it only lives for a few days before dying and it only grows once every ten years or so.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
14 Apr 08
what course was that?
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@GardenGerty (125924)
• United States
12 Apr 08
I do not know that I have ever seen Minnesota's stinky flower. I have had a succulent houseplant called Carrion Flower and it is supposed to smell like rotting meat, and attract flies. They come in lots of sizes. Name in Latin is Stapelia, knowing that Minnesota has lots of cold, I doubt if this houseplant is the plant that you are thinking of. I wonder if our gardener friend knows about this.
@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Apr 08
oh it was on the news hon, that is why I posted it here, and was thinking of grandpa bob no doubt, but apparently is it grown inside a conservatory or botanical garden.
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@gemini_rose (16268)
12 Apr 08
Yes I have heard about this flower, it was on tv a while ago, I think that it only flowers every so often, no from what I have seen I definately would not like one of these to be growing in my garden. I am pretty certain that my 6 year old would not either, he only has to smell something the tiniest bit bad and he will start heaving, so he would be a nightmare with one of those in the garden!!
@chertsy (3804)
• United States
12 Apr 08
After looking at the picture and the website another person had in their response. I don't think I could have this plant/flower anywhere near my house. It gets to huge for one and then the smell of a rotten corpse to boot. This would be the perfect flower to grow around a haunted house for the smell affect.
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@rlc456 (415)
• United States
12 Apr 08
Never heard of that flower. And no I would not want one of them in my flower garden.
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@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
12 Apr 08
ewwwwwwww nope I dont think I would want it in my garden. and even tho I have lived in Minn. I dont think I ever run up on this flower. do you have a pic of it? I found one here http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/homegarden/17422569.html
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Apr 08
the pic is there added to the story
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@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
14 Apr 08
yup I see itnow but when I write to you I dont get to see it till I respond.
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@leeesa (885)
• United States
12 Apr 08
Corpse Flower - A strangely beautiful (but stinky) flower.
The corpse flower is rare, but it isn't just in Minnesota. I've seen reports of it in conservatories in Seattle and California as well. I love the Como Conservatory, but I'll definitely stay away! I don't even want to know what it smells like. The description is bad enough! Well if you had neighbors you didn't like, you could always plant one on their side of your yard. (hehehe) I've attached a photo of the one in California.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Apr 08
yes I no it is not only in minnesota, I just wanted to tease granpa bob, it is quite interesting though.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Apr 08
forgot plant it on your neigbour side, that is so wrong but so much fun lol
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@gxnfly (1147)
• China
12 Apr 08
Wow!I've never heard of this corpse flower before.This is definitely the first time I hear about this strange unusual flower.I think it's very weird and a little creepy ,sine that it has the smell of rotten corpse.I would never want to grow this kind of flower in my garden,I only like beautiful flowers with a good scent.By the way,does this corpse flower looks pretty?
@gxnfly (1147)
• China
12 Apr 08
Oh,I see the picture,it's not beautiful at all.So I will never want to have a flower like that.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Apr 08
there are some prettier ones, I just chose that picture because it was the one on tv
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@Modestah (11188)
• United States
18 Apr 08
as interesting as it seems, I think I will pass on THAT excitement! We get enough vultures out here looking for rotting flesh. Has webeshire or minnie heard of or seen them?
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
20 Apr 08
yea they said they are only cultivated in the observatory though not for personal gardening.
@Hatley (164171)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Apr 08
titan Arum does grow in my homestate and I had one plantof it as a curiosity.But its unpleasant odor made it too much too bear so put it outside. I have seen one that grew huge in a mall herein s.Ca and it really really smelled. At Cal state Fullerton in their arboretum they have a really big one there. It really stunk up the place. we back In S.D. also had wild plants we called skunk cabbage. they looked like a minatire cauliflower but really smelled like rotten meat.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
14 Apr 08
thought flowers were supposed to smell good, why put something around that stinks, beats me lol
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• United States
12 Apr 08
I've never heard of it. If looks pretty odd too. I don't think I want one in my garden, might scare guests away, or make the neighbors upset. It kind of reminds me of that movie "Corpse Bride", it had really odd things in it too. I'm assuming this is basically a wild flower right? People don't actually cultivate it do they?
@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Apr 08
I don't know what they do in Indonesia where it comes from but in Minnesota, it is grown only in the conservatory or botanical garden.
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@lexus54 (3575)
• Singapore
12 Apr 08
I have heard about this flower called the Titan Arum. It was touted the world's largest flower or inflorescence, and can go up to 12 feet..WOW! The latter term inflorescence is more apt because it is actually not a single flower but a whole cluster of flowers together. I thought this flower is to be found in Indonesia from what I previously read. It seems that the awful smell it emits is meant to attract pollinators. I'd certainly love to see one of these giant flowers some day, even if there is a strong stench about it.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Apr 08
yes you are right that is where it comes from.
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
12 Apr 08
Okay ya need to research things a bit more. This flower does not grow here. We have one in the Como Park Conservortory is all. it is not a Minnesota plant. Anyhow this flower blloms about every 15 years. This blooming usually lasts just 2 days as well. And when it does, PHEWWW! The scent/aroma has been said to smell like, a corpse, rotten eggs, d4ead fish on the shoreline, "my little brothers diapers", by visitors to see the plant. It is now doen blooming. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Apr 08
I just took it from the news and they showed the plant the same picture I posted and said minnesota so of course I thought of you my favourite grandpa and gardener. Normally I do research but I posted in a hurry bad, bad, winterose. note to me, do the research, don't tease grandpa Bob cause he will come back to kick my butt, but I hope he doesn't bring the stinking flower with him.
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@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
12 Apr 08
I have never heard of these flowers. I am in Indiana. We have a stinky fungus that grows here though in moist areas. It is in the family of a mushroom and it stinks really bad. It looks nasty also like a bodily part on the male side. We just started noticing them growing by our garage a couple of years ago. We are going to do something this year to get rid of them and keep them from coming back. I don't want these or any other stinky thing growing in my yard.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Apr 08
I don't blame you, I don't want anything stinking around me either
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• Philippines
19 Apr 08
We have that here in the Philippines!
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• Philippines
13 Apr 08
Really? That's new to my ears never heard of it but who would want a stinky flower around especially if it smells like a corpse..I wouldn't want to have one. It would just make me scared of it..and my stomach can't take stinky smell I have a very sensitive nose. When I smell something bad my stomach hurts a lot.
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@whyaskq (7529)
• Singapore
12 Apr 08
Though I do not like flowers because they wilt easily, I would still prefer to have flowers which gives a pleasant smell. I would not want to have a flower that smells like a rotten corpse in my garden. I seem to associate rotten smells with negative energy and I would not want it around. No, I would not have this flower in my garden.
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