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Amorphophallus titanum (Corpse Flower)

Current status: The spadix has collapsed this morning on Friday, July 21. The corpse flower will be on display through this weekend.

Photo taken: Friday, July 21

This specimen was acquired in 2013 and has been cared for in the Conservatory’s production greenhouse. This is the first time it has produced a bloom. When fully opened it will release a stench similar to rotting flesh, which attracts its pollinators of flies and beetles. This bloom will be open only for one to two days before the plant collapses into a dormant state. It will be several years before the titan arum flowers again. This current corpse flower measures at around 4 feet tall.

While the stunningly smelly corpse plants are becoming more popular, this particular species of amorphophallus is particularly unique because of its size. Its bloom is considered the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world.

If you enjoyed Bob Smellanor, the Amorphophallus titanum (aka corpse flower) that bloomed at the Conservatory in 2020, you won’t want to miss this!

The Amorphophallus titanum is endangered according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It is native only to the Sumatran rainforests in Indonesia, where its population is currently decreasing. It is uncommon even in cultivation, as it is difficult to care for due to a variety of reasons — one being the size. In its vegetative (non-flowering) state, it can reach up to 20 feet tall. It is also infamous for being finicky and unpredictable, and can quickly succumb to rot. Cultivation also requires a lot of patience, as this plant will cycle through many vegetative states before flowering — a process that can sometimes take up to a decade. Reproducing the plant poses even more challenges, as it does not self-pollinate.


The titan arum is now displayed inside the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse at Franklin Park Conservatory, and being tracked on social media (@fpconservatory) and on the website.

Experience this weirdly wonderful Amorphophallus in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse for a limited time!

Frequently Asked Questions

Please be sure to review all of our visitation and safety policies before your visit.

How tall is the corpse flower?

4 feet

Why is there a hole in this plant?

The Horticulture team made a window to allow for viewing of the small flowers that comprise the larger inflorescence known as a flower structure. What you see here is a view of the true flower structure at the base of the Amorphophallus titanum.

How long does the bloom last?
This bloom will be open only for one to two days before the plant collapses into a dormant state. Thursday, July 20 will be the last day before it collapses.
Is this the same plant that bloomed in 2020?

No, this plant is a smaller version that we acquired in 2013 and have cared for in the Conservatory’s Greenhouse.

When will it bloom next?
It will be several years before the titan arum flowers again.
Will there be extended hours for this blooming?
We will not have extended hours, but we are open daily from 10am-5pm. We recommend reserving your tickets online before visiting.

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