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. smithsonia­ngardens.

Admission: Free.

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