A Rare And Smelly Flower Is About To Start Blooming In B.C. And Vancouver's Dedicating An Entire Event To It
Vancouver's Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park is having a "smell it while you can" event for the aptly named "corpse flower," which has such a disgusting scent that you just have to smell it to believe it.
The Titan arum is a rare tropical flower that takes seven to ten years to store enough energy to bloom for the first time. When it does, it releases a powerful, putrid smell. Those who have experienced it say that it smells like "rotting flesh, discarded diapers, or garbage left out in the sun."
It's also the biggest flower on earth. It can grow up to 6 metres tall, and the underground stem can weigh up to 90 kilograms.
The blooming corpse flower unfurls a single peach coloured petal, which emits the rancid smell. Naturally, the petal doesn't attract butterflies, but beetles and flesh flies that feed on dead animals.
Here's a crazy time-lapse video of the corpse flower growing to its full size at the Bloedel Conservatory:
The corpse flower at Vancouver's conservatory is set to bloom any day now. The flower emits the scent for just 24 to 48 hours, so you better not waste any time if you want to catch a whiff. Thankfully, the flower is safely contained from beetles and flies.
The superintendent of the conservatory told CBC, "I think when it's at full peak of bloom that when you step in the front doors of Bloedel you are going to be hit with the smell of something not so nice."
You can even vote to choose a name for the flower. The choices are Stinky McStinkerton, Cornelius the corpse flower, Tina the titan, Odorable, Titus the titan, Tabitha the titan and - our favourite - Uncle Fester. You can cast your vote here.
While you're at the Bloedel Conservatory, you may as well explore all 500 exotic plants and flowers in the temperature-controlled dome, which is also home to over 120 free-flying exotic birds.