Rare corpse flower is blooming at Volunteer Park Conservatory

Seattle’s very own corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) is currently in the early stages of blooming at the Volunteer Park Conservatory.

The specimen was donated to the Conservatory in 2006 from the University of Washington Botany Greenhouse and this is the first time it has bloomed since then. It takes from 7 to 10 years for the plant to make a flower, making this a rare event. And yes, the flower smells like…rotting flesh.

It is a tradition to give the corpse flower a name and a naming contest is currently under way. You can enter the contest in person at the Conservatory’s Palm House or tweet it to @Ivan_Von_Katzen.

The Volunteer Park Conservatory is located at 1400 E Galer St., at the north end of Volunteer Park. It is open Tuesday-Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there is a $4 admission charge ($2 for youth age 13-18; free for kids 12 and under). The Conservatory is closed on Mondays.

The Conservatory’s Seasonal House and Cactus House are currently under renovation.

For more information about the Conservatory, please visit


Connect to the Friends of the Conservatory about this event via http://www.volunteerparkconservatory.org/return-of-the-corpse-flower/ and through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ivan.vonkatzen.

For information about the naming contest, visit http://www.volunteerparkconservatory.org/name-the-corpse-flower-contest/