Washingtonians Flock to See/Smell Flower That Smells Like Rotting Flesh

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons
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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.

The corpse flower uses its carrion-like odor to attract beetles and other insects (and Washingtonians) for pollination purposes. It bloomed on Monday and should stay open for another day or so, “spreading a corpse-like stench throughout the garden,” the Washington Post promises. Enticing! (There’s gotta be a metaphor about Congress in there somewhere, right?)

Meanwhile, the big botanical draw in Baltimore — the spectacular agave blossoms at the Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park — smells perfectly fine and will not remind you of your own imminent demise. I know which one I’m taking a special trip to see.



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