Rare flowers in bloom at the Eden Project are creating quite the smell
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
A giant and smelly rare flower titan which is also known as the corpse flower due to its horrendous odour, has bloomed at the Eden Project, not far from our hotel in Fowey, Cornwall, and is attracting more visitors to the Project.
This is the first time two of the flowers called titan arums have bloomed at the same time, with a third flower due to open at any time. The full name for the flower is Amorphophallus titanum, and the plant is rare, only being found in the rainforests of Sumatra in Indonesia.
The horrid smell - similar to that of decaying fish - attracts pollinators like beetles and flies. The flowers seldom bloom and when they do, they are in bloom for just 48 hours, one of the reasons it is so rare as the short blooming period means there is less chance of it pollinating.
The titan arums can be found in the 'avenue of stench' at the Eden Project, and are tended to by horticulturist Tim Grigg. Grigg has previously hand pollinated the titans at the Project and produced nine displays of the flower.
About the two flowers blooming together, he said: "I am really proud that we have two of these spectacular plants blooming at the same time, an incredibly rare occurrence since titan arums only flower up to 48 hours at a time.
"This is a unique opportunity for Eden visitors to experience these flowers up close and get double the pong from our 'avenue of stench'."
The Eden Project is just a short distance from our hotel in Fowey, Cornwall, and is a great day out. You can see some of the most exotic plants and flowers to be grown in Britain, wander the stunning gardens and greenhouses and see the largest indoor rainforest in the world.
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