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7 Huge, Stinky and Creepy Flowers

By Edited Jun 29, 2016 1 1

Most flowers are known for their beauty and sweet smells, but not these creepy blooms. 


You'd never find these at a wedding or a bed and breakfast--some smell like rotten flesh, some look like they want to eat you and some freak out when you touch them. Creepy.

Corpse Flower

Corpse Flower
Credit: parasiticplants.siu.edu

This giant flower was discovered in the Indonesian rainforest almost 200 years ago. It’s a carrion plant, which means it gives off the lovely scent of a decomposing corpse (or rotten cheese, depending on who you talk to). With a diameter of 39 inches and a weight of 22 lbs, it’s the largest flower in the world, but it’s also the rarest. It isn’t known how many are left, but it’s safe to say they’re endangered. Plus, the buds take months to develop and the flowers only last for a few days!

Star Flower (Stapella)

Star Flower
Credit: Wikipedia

This hairy, flesh-coloured bloom is ugly enough on its own, but like the corpse flower, it also smells like a dead animal. The putrid scent can travel great distances on a hot afternoon and is so convincing that flies actually lay their eggs on the flower’s fleshy surface. The star flower is native to the tropical regions of South Africa, where about 43 species live, and can grow up to 16 inches in diameter.

Fly Orchid

Fly Orchid
Credit: thewildflowersociety.com

The fly orchid, not to be confused with the bee orchid, attracts pollinating digger wasps by not only imitating folded wings and antennae, but also by emitting a pheromone scent. It’s found all over Europe and can grow up to 18 inches tall.

Hydnora Africana

Hydnora Africana
Credit: wikipedia

This monster is a parasitic plant that grows on the roots of Euphorbiaceae plants. Most of the plant is underground, except for the fleshy flower that emits a delicious fecal odor to attract dung and carrion beetles. The flowers trap the beetles that enter, then release them when the flower fully opens.

European Wild Ginger

European Wild Ginger
Credit: wildmanstevebrill.com

If you love ginger, you probably won't after seeing this photo. The flower looks like some sort of tri-beaked, wet, furry bird's mouth. Luckily, they grow on the base of the plant and aren't too noticeable. Gross. 

Amorphophallus (Also Known as a Corpse Flower)

Credit: blossomswap.com

This giant plant grows from an underground tuber and can reach a height of 2.5 metres and a width of 1.5 metres. The flower is actually a cluster of smaller flowers, which explains why it’s not the largest flower in the world, but it’s still an impressive sight. On a good day, it smells like dead, rotting, stinking, flesh. And on a bad day, it squirts out an extra scent helping of dead, rotting, stinking flesh.


Also know as the shy, bashful or shrinking plant, the touch-me-not’s leaves fold inward when touched. It also closes in darkness and opens in light. No one knows exactly why this plant does what it does, but it’s thought to be a defense mechanism. Whatever. It’s creepy.



Aug 21, 2011 9:22pm
I've never seen such large flowers, wonderful photos and information!
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