World’s Biggest & Smelliest Flower Set To Bloom at Edinburgh Botanical Gardens

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Was very excited to receive the following email from The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh yesterday….this has to be seen / smelled – will be keeping an eye on their updates (links below if you’d also like to follow)

Image courtesy of the University of Basel, Switzerland
Amorphophallus titanum (titan arum), Image courtesy of the University of Basel, Switzerland

Our Amorphophallus titanum (titan arum), one of the world’s biggest and smelliest blooms, is set to flower and could look like the one above at Basel. It’s a first for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and for Scotland.

There was great excitement at the Garden this morning when horticulturists discovered the bud had started to unfurl to reveal a flower. The plant is currently 137cms in height and getting bigger by the day.

It is expected that our titan arum, which is housed in the Lowland Tropics House, will be of great interest to visitors. So, when it is in full bloom, and at its smelliest, the Garden will be open from 9am until 9pm. Visit our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for details and to check its progress.

The plant corm was gifted to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in 2003 by Hortus Botanicus in Leiden, Netherlands and is the heaviest corm ever recorded (153.9kgs). It could take between one to two weeks for it to be in full flower.

Our titan arum photograped today as it begins to unfurl.

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