Corpse Flower

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.

To date, the Garden has hosted 9 Amorphophallus titanum flowerings, the most recent in October of 2018.


Plant Profile: Corpse Flower

Welcome, Luna!

Corpse flower Luna on July 7

The Garden is excitedly anticipating its 12th corpse flower bloom in the coming weeks! 

"Luna" came to the garden as a seedling from Chicago Botanic Garden in 2016. The plant's first bloom is expected in mid-July. 

Corpse flower blooms last approximately 24–36 hours on average.

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Corpse Flower Viewing

Luna is currently on display in the Climatron conservatory from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is included with Garden admission. 

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