Titan Arum
Titan Arum in bloom

The unique Amorphophallus titanum, commonly known as titan arum or the “corpse flower,” is a large, fast-growing plant in the Aroid family. Few of these plants exist in cultivation, and they bloom only rarely and under just the right conditions. On the extremely infrequent occasion that a titan arum comes into flower, the intense, foul odor, emitted from a tall spike of small, crowded flowers, lasts just a few days.

Every year or two, the plant sends up one long, gigantic, rolled-up leaf that unfurls its umbrella-like blade during a period of about three weeks. The leaf lives for one or two years before the plant goes into a dormant period that lasts from a few months to a year. The inflorescence, a giant flowering structure, opens quickly, often in just a couple of hours. It maintains its full form for about 24 hours, with peak bloom (and the awful odor) lasting from 6 to 12 hours.

"We are delighted to have one of the world’s most iconic plants, the titan arum, flowering at the Missouri Botanical Garden. It is an important symbol of the incredible diversity of the world’s plants, which we all need to work to conserve in cultivation and in their natural habitats. By growing this species in botanic gardens we can raise awareness of the loss of its tropical forest home in the island of Sumatra, a part of Indonesia."

–Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson
Missouri Botanical Garden President

"Izzy" Blooms Again!

Witness the recent flowering of a titan arum at the Garden. 

In a surprising turn of events, the Garden has hosted the blooming of an unprecedented five Amorphophallus titanum plants in just over three years.  

View photos of titan arums in bloom

July 28, 2014
June 30, 2014
October 17-18, 2013
June 19, 2012
May 19, 2012