A blooming Voodoo Lily, Amorphophallus Konjac

When we came in to water the plants in this small greenhouse this morning, there was the familiar smell of dead mice lingering in the air! It is not that we have dead mice in the greenhouses all the time–gross-but we do occasionally have a blooming Amorphophallus Konjac at this time of year and that is it’s tell tale smell! This plant has a great inflorescence (a grouping of flowers) that smells stinky to us but possibly lovely to it’s pollinators. Some of you may remember another stinky plant that we had bloom here at the Conservatory last summer? Yep! It was the Corpse Flower, Amorphophallus titanum. Come and see this fun plant in the Conservatory’s North Garden. The blooms could last the week if we are lucky! And since there are actually three inflorescence’s in this pot, the lovely aroma might just linger through the weekend!