If you’ve ever longed to sniff a flower that smells “horrible, fetid,” “like death,” and “like rotting flesh,” get yourself on a southbound MARC train; the incredibly repellent corpse flower is finally in bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden in D.C., and Washingtonians are flocking to behold/besmell its disgustingness.
We hope you had a wonderful 4th of July, complete with lots of delicious cookout food and exciting fireworks. But fireworks weren’t the only thing bursting with color yesterday — the Rawlings Conservatory‘s giant blue agave finally bloomed! (You may remember it from our earlier Agave Watch 2013 post.) The flower spike is about 25 feet tall (hence the removal of part of the greenhouse’s roof, in order to let it grow). The Conservatory recommends stopping by this weekend to see the plant at its most extravagant.
Agave plants bloom only once in their long lifetimes — hence their “Century Plant” nickname — but when they do, it’s spectacular. So spectacular, in fact, that the staff of the Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park have to be careful that their agaves’ towering spikes don’t bust through the Desert House’s glass ceiling. And this year, something amazing is happening — two of the conservatory’s giant agaves are preparing to bloom around the same time.