The Voodoo Lily is Blooming! Yes, it kind of stinks!
When we came in to water the plants in this small greenhouse this
morning, there was the familiar smell of dead mice lingering in the air!
It is not that we have dead mice in the greenhouses --gross-but we do occasionally have a blooming Amorphophallus Konjac
at this time of year and that is it's tell tale smell! This plant has a
great inflorescence (a grouping of flowers) that smells stinky to us
but possibly lovely to it's pollinators.
Some of you may remember
another stinky plant that we had bloom here at the Conservatory in 2011? Yep! It was the Corpse Flower, Amorphophallus titanum, the cousin of the Voodoo Lily.
see this fun plant in the Conservatory's North Garden.