UPDATE: Friday – 7/12/2013, 11:59 am ET
The titan arum is about to bloom. The U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory will have extended hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 14 and Monday, July 15. For more information, visit the United States Botanic Garden website.
EARLIER: Friday – 07/12/2013, 10:35 am ET
WASHINGTON – Here’s a story that stinks worse than some of my bits. As I write this, the famed titan arum is predicted be currently in bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Also known as the “corpse flower” or “stinky plant” for the horrible scent it gives off to attract the flies that pollinate its flowers, this rare, unusual and amazingly huge plant native to the rain forests of Sumatra went on display Thursday, with peak bloom anticipated to occur this weekend.
But if you want to see – and perhaps smell