Stinky Corpse Flower Set to Bloom in Edmonton, AB
It stinks like rotting flesh and it's not exactly pretty to look at. Call them crazy, but plant enthusiasts in Edmonton are excited to hear that "Putrella," a corpse flower, will soon be in bloom at the Muttart Conservatory.
Muttart's newest attraction is the titan arum or amorphophallus titan, a rare and endangered species from Sumatra. It's a rare sight to see an exotic plant like this in Edmonton. And it's even rarer to see it bloom. This will be the first time the titan arum will be in bloom in Western Canada. Plant experts at the Muttart predict it will bloom any day now.
The titan arum blooms every few years, lasting only 2-4 days, with the scent lasting for one day. When the plant blooms, it produce dark purple flowers and will release a strong scent of rotting meat. Believe it or not, the scent is meant attract pollinators like carrion beetles and flesh flies. Because it only blooms for such a brief period of time, the plant must create the biggest flower to attract as many pollinators as possible.
Not only is it one of the stinkiest flower, the Arum Titan is also the tallest. Putrealla is growing about 6 inches a day. Right now she is 5 feet tall and is expected to grow to 10 feet tall. It weighed over 275 pounds (125 kg) when it was first shipped from Boston to Edmonton.
When she begins to bloom, there will be extended viewing hours at the Muttart. For more details, visit the Muttart website. Don't forget to bring a barf bag, just in case!