After a week long wait that seemed much longer, Titan Arum, the rain-forest plant at the U.S. Botanical Garden has finally bloomed. The six foot tall plant’s spathe opened up late yesterday afternoon.
For the past seven days, thousands passed by the plant, hoping to catch the moment and get a whiff of the stinky smell.
We were there on Monday. The docent told me his prediction was three to four days. That seemed at odds with the Washington Post’s initial coverage. Garden officials had told them it could be as early as Monday.
Nature lovers in Washington have a new word to add to their vocabulary. Joining peak leaf and peak bloom is “peak smell.” Today is your best bet for what the garden officials say smells like a dead elephant. Certainly quicker than flying to Africa.
The best coverage we found comes from Geeky Engineering Girl who visited the plant every day last week and on Saturday and Sunday.
Photo from Botanical Garden livecam.