There’s a bit of excitement at Chicago Botanic Garden right now, and it’s easy to see why. Twin titans are about to bloom! A pair of the garden’s Corpse Flowers are on bloom watch and could unfurl at any time.
The Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum) is a huge plant. The corm is huge, the leaves are huge, but most exciting of all, the flower is huge. This plant boasts the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world! Creating a bloom like that takes a lot of energy, so these plants spend 10 years working up to the big event! Then, if all their needs are met, and everything is just right, we might be lucky enough to witness the blooming of a giant. Once open, you have maybe 24 hours to catch a glimpse.
Can’t make it to the Chicago Botanic Garden for the big event? Catch the live stream online:
Live stream also available through the Chicago Botanic Garden.