Amorphophallus Titanum - Corpse Flower
Bloomed April 22, 2013. Please stay tuned for future blooming dates in the next few years.
Putrella (Pew-trella) is a "Giant Corpse Flower" or "Titum Arum", nature's tallest flowering plant. When in bloom, the extraordinary flower is able to reach heights of over 10 feet. It's also the world's stinkiest flower, emitting a putrid smell to attract pollinators such as carrion beetles.
Due to its enormous size, a massive amount of time and energy is needed for a corpse flower to bloom. Because of this, it goes through years of growth and dormancy stages. When the plant has finally stored enough energy, it sends out a bud. Within approximately six weeks, the bud has turned into an enormous bloom that will last for only two to four days.
The 275 pound tuber arrived at the Muttart in August 2012, and has been growing in its own custom-made flower pot ever since.
What time of day does it flower? When is the smell stongest? Learn the answer to this and other Frequently Asked Questions.
Putrella's growth has been documented in this photo gallery.
For more information:
Muttart Conservatory9626 - 96A Street
If you are outside Edmonton call: 780-442-5311