Corpse Flower

Corpse flower in The Spheres

This rare plant usually takes about seven years to produce its first bloom, which only remains open for about 48 hours.

By The Spheres Staff on November 9, 2018

In late October, Morticia, a corpse flower, bloomed in The Spheres. Thousands of plant enthusiasts watched Morticia in person and through a Twitch livestream. Check out the Amazon Blog for a time lapse of the bloom.

This plant was generously donated to us by the University of Washington Botany Greenhouse back in 2014. The Corpse flower has the largest unbranched flowering structure in the world and can reach over 9 feet tall. The plant takes a minimum of 7 years to produce its first bloom and the flower is only open for about 48 hours. It gives off a putrid odor of rotting flesh and is pollinated by flies and carrion beetles. To help the smell travel further, the flower heats up to 98 degrees. When not in flower, the Corpse flower produces a single leaf that can reach 15 feet tall and equally wide which resembles a small tree.