I saw a thread on this topic on the...er..uh...GardenWeb once a long time ago (NOT a CP topic) and Unknownclown's comment about her purple passion plant reminded me of it. *The words people chose to describle the smells of plants and flowers they found offensive was hilarious. *And it seemed there were LOTS of reeking plants people grow. *And even some flowers most people find pleasant some found stinky (such as stargazer lilies). * So I just thought for fun, I'd try it here and see if anyone had any stinky experiences. *I have already learned about the stench of the durian fruit on the forums. *(I'd still like to eat one).
I guess the one that comes to mind for me is a succulent plant I had once a long time ago. *I had it at my office at work. *It produced a large bloom which grew very fast. *It got bigger and bigger. *It is somewhat like a balloon flower where the bloom is like a puffed up pillow which kinda bursts open into a flower. *Finally the great day came....the petals separated at their points, the "pillow" popped open to reveal a large, strikingly beautiful, star-shaped flower!!!...AND... a stench that would bring you gagging to your knees! *Ohmigod... :shocked: ...it reeked like something had crawled up in it and died. *What a trick of nature! *Here was this incredibly beautiful flower and yet the smell was putrid.
I later discovered the plant is a succulent called a stapelia, also known as the CARRION plant! *It all made sense then. *Amazingly there are many varieties and the flowers are gorgeous. *IF you can stand the smell, they are cool plants.
Anyone wishing to see the lovely but odorous flowers check out this link.
If anyone else has a plant or flower that has an "unusual" or interesting smell, feel free to share. *:-)
(Edited by PlantAKiss at 2:59 pm on April 15, 2002)