People in California will soon be saying, “EEWWW, That Smell!” for the blooming of a rare “corpse flower” this week.
The plant’s real name is “titan arum,” but it is nick-named the “corpse flower” because it gives the smell of rotting flesh when it blooms. The smell attracts insects… and that facilitates pollination. Corpse flowers only bloom once ever seven to 15 years, and the bloom only lasts for roughly 24 hours. This particular corpse flower is expected to bloom today!