The Corpse Flower is the stinkiest flowering plant. It is very large and is a native plant that was discovered in the rain forest of Sumatra. The good thing is that it hardly ever blooms. That is when it is the stinkiest. It is called the Corpse Flower because it is to be said it smells like death. It has a beautiful bloom when it does. The corpse flower’s blossom has been documented that it can grow to more than 8 feet in height and opening as wide as 4 feet in diameter. And it does stink but not for long. Once the bloom dies the stink is gone. The corpse flower resembles a jack-in-the-pulpit plant. Some botanical conservatories have a corpse flower on display. If you want to see one it should be safe. They only bloom once every two to five years.
Voodoo Lily is a flowering plant that any gardener can grow. It smells like rotten meat which flies absolutely love. This isn’t for everyone but they are beautiful. They bloom in early spring and the blooms can be a foot wide by three-feet tall. The blooms are a beautiful yellow and purple varigated pattern. Concerned about the smell? It’s odor usually lasts about a day.
Scaredy Cat is one that does stink but it is also very useful. This one repels animals from your garden and flower beds. The plant grows to be about two feet tall and is beautiful. It has pretty blue flowering spikes and has an attractive foliage but it releases a foul odor that repels animals. Most humans can’t smell it unless they stick their nose right on it.
Stinking Benjamin is another beautiful flower. It is usually in bloom very early in the spring. It is a low-growing perennial and smells like rotting flesh. It is rare and is protected in many areas so do not pick it.
Stink Gourd is just like a typical gourd. It is a perennial though and can be found in the Southwest United States. It has a beautiful yellow bloom. The gourd has many uses that the Native Americans discovered. The smell comes from the leaves and the vine when crushed. It has a horrible odor that has a sulfurous scent.
Skunk Cabbage is grown in many areas in the United States. Its flower appears first before any foliage. The foliage looks like cabbage leaves and when touched or bruised it smells like a skunk. In late summer, skunk cabbage produces large seeds. The plant is necessary as it provides a food source for many animals.
Starfish Flower is a succulent plant which means it is like a cactus but without thorns. There are many species of it. It does have a very strong odor. Some of the varieties have been grown for houseplants because they are beautiful. Be prepared for the smell though.
Whether you decide to go see the stinky plants in a conservatory or try growing one yourself they do put on a beautiful show when they bloom. Yes they are stinky but they are unique.