The Washington Post
Corpse flower in bloom
Who wouldn’t go out of their way to see, and smell, an eight-foothigh flower that reeks of rotten flesh? The U.S. Botanic Garden has lent one of its popular corpse flowers to Smithsonian Gardens, which has put the plant on display in the Enid A. Haupt Garden, near the National Museum of African Art. In an Instagram post earlier this week, the Botanic Garden predicted that Amorphophallus titanum would bloom around Aug. 10, “plus or minus 2-3 days,” unleashing its powerful stench to draw flies and other “corpseattracted pollinators.” Word of warning: The aroma is most powerful in the evening and early morning. Follow Smithsonian Gardens’ Instagram, @smithsoniangardens, for updates.
When: Estimated peak bloom is Wednesday. Garden is open from dawn to dusk.
Where: Enid A. Haupt Garden, Independence Avenue and L’enfant Plaza SW. instagram.com/ smithsoniangardens.