Author: Johanna Silver

Photos: Chris Malcom and James Gaither

Trudy, the corpse flower, smellable from half-a-mile away, is about to bloom at the U.C. Berkeley Botanical Garden. Known botanically as Amorphophallus titanum—Titan Arum for short—its name should give you some indication that the flower itself is also, um, large. But it’s the stench of rotting flesh that really makes this plant famous. Isn’t nature magnificent?

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The garden has extended hours while the plant is flowering, from 9 a.m. ’til 7 p.m. today and Wednesday. Once open, it only lasts a day.

When will the gorgeous (?) Titan Arum bloom?  Find out more about it here!