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Corpse Flower

Amorphophallus titanum

Also known as

Titan Arum

Amorphophallus titanum (corpse flower) - 2 by Sailing moose (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Partial Shade
Advanced care
Moderate watering
Tender

H2

RHS hardiness

1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

3.5m

Max

2.5m

1m

Min

50cm

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Corpse Flower

A close up of a flowering Amorphophallus titanum plant in a pot
A Amorphophallus titanum plant in leaf in a pot in a glasshouse
Amorphophallus titanum

Corpse Flower Overview

Amorphophallus titanum is more well known by the common names Titan Arum or Corpse Flower. This perennial plant from the Araceae family produces the world's largest unbranched inflorescence. Healthy specimens can reach 3.5m in height and 2m in width. For between 8-10 years Titan Arum will grow in a vegetative state, producing lobed foliage and strongly resembling a small tree, this structure is actually a huge leaf. This plant takes around 10 years to produce its huge bloom and it smells absolutely awful! Whilst it rarely blooms, when it does, the Corpse Flower often makes headlines. It originates from Sumatra and is often only seen in botanic gardens.

How to propagate Corpse Flower

Division

Divide corms in winter and plant out in late winter or early spring.

Seed

Sow seed in autumn or early spring in sandy soil mix that drains well.

Special features of Corpse Flower

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Attractive flowers

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