Plug Your Nose: THREE Stinky Corpse Flowers to Bloom in DC - NBC4 Washington

Plug Your Nose: THREE Stinky Corpse Flowers to Bloom in DC

Three corpse flowers, known as "the stinky plant" are predicted to reach peak bloom August 17-22



    A new set of flowers is about to hit peak bloom in D.C. -- and scientists say they'll make a bigger stink than the cherry blossoms.

    Three corpse flowers, also called "the stinky plant," are predicted to reach peak bloom between Aug. 17 and 22 at the U.S. Botanical Garden. The plant's signature stench has been described as a combination of garlic, fish, diapers and rotting meat. Their scientific name is amorphophallus titanum.

    "Not really something you'd want around dinner time," USBG plant curator Bill McLaughlin told NBC4 during another peak bloom in 2013.

    The plant, native to tropical rainforests in Indonesia, doesn't follow a set schedule. They can take anywhere from years to decades to store enough energy to bloom. Once they're fully open, they’ll collapse between 24 and 48 hours later.

    The flowers were first discovered in 1878. They hold the record for the world's largest unbranched inflorescence -- flower structure -- growing up to 12 feet tall. Each has one giant bud, made up of hundreds of tiny, stinky flowers. Their scent attracts carrion beetles and flies.

    A corpse flower last bloomed in D.C. in 2016. Thirty-two corpse flowers bloomed around the world last year in the U.S., India, Australia and more, BBC reported.

    If you're hoping to catch a glimpse (and a whiff) of these flowers, the USBC is extending their hours during peak bloom days. They're typically open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but they'll stay open until 7 p.m. from Aug. 17 and 22.

    You can watch the plants bloom in real time on the USBG's livestream here.