February 8, 2012

Stink Blooms of Stapelia Gigantea

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.


Precious.



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.


7 comments:

  1. Red, so nice to see your post pop up this morning! have missed you. sorry it's been a rough patch for you, but can't wait to see the pictures of your parents' new home and all the good work you did.

    this is obviously a killer plant! Can't beat that gorgeous blossom paired with the sweet smell of rotten meat! Not many of us are thoughtful enough to grow flowers for our maggots. kudos!

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    1. Aw, thanks! Photos will be on their way, but the house is still sorta being sorted out with shelving and what-not.

      LOL! I thought of the maggots as a testament to the stink.

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  2. Missed your posts!! Never heard of this plant before sounds like fun. Looking forward to hearing about the remodel of this house.

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    1. Thanks! It truly is a fun plant. Apparently kids really get a kick out of it. I'm stalling on relating the horrors of remodel till I can take all the after photos. I suspect procrastination is the disease. Or maybe I'm still recovering from the horrors. Mysteries abound!

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  3. Hi!!! This sure is a beautiful, and wonderous bloomer! I loved mine so much when I had them in the tire garden! I can't wait to hear about your house renovations !!! Congrats on your new house, BTW! Have been missin ya!
    Julie

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    1. Many thanks! I really need to get to those photos of the house project and start editing.

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  4. Glad to see you posting again.

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