Corpse Flower

Corpse flower blooming for the first time 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 October 19, 2018

The Amazon Horticulture team is very excited for our first blooming of the Amorphophallus titanum, better known as the Corpse flower.

Saturday, October 20, from 6pm – midnight, anyone is welcome to make a reservation to visit the corpse flower within The Spheres. Note – we cannot allow guests (Amazonians or not) without reservations into The Spheres during this time. Here is the link to register.

For those guests already signed up to visit The Spheres on Saturday, October 20, from 10am-6pm, your reservation still stands and your visit will be extra stinky.

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.

This plant can be seen from 6th Avenue – between Lenora and Blanchard St. in Downtown Seattle. We are working to make sure as many people as possible get to see our corpse flower in bloom.

If you are not in Seattle, the horticulture team at The Spheres is also livestreaming the bloom here.