It's been a ridiculously long time since I last posted. Briefly, over the past few months, my husband and I purchased and renovated a home for my mother and father-in-law, and it was kinda crazy. My lack of posting was also at least partially due to the crappy summer of 2011. Mostly it was the house. I will be sharing pictures later on of the process, but in the meantime I thought I'd share a couple pictures of my Stapelia gigantea that bloomed a few months ago.
The bloom was certainly impressive and surprising. It opened early in the morning to reveal gorgeous hairy, spider-veined blooms that smelled a bit like roadkill run through a sewer, so I was careful not to touch it just in case the fragrance penetrated all 7 layers of skin.
Obviously the flies adored it.
They immediately set up shop, and before the day was done, there were maggots crawling inside.
Ok, so obviously this is a fun plant. The smell really isn't super strong unless you get quite close to it, and the blooms only last a day. The green succulent stems are very attractive, but honestly, the bloom is killer. Very pretty and very surprising. I'd say it was a wonderful conversation piece except guests would have to be there on a day it was blooming. Or maybe you could go door-to-door with the pot and fool your neighbors into taking a big whiff of it. Good times.