It’s at it again, Amorphophallus titanum is blooming, currently at the US Botanic Garden in Washington DC. This flower gets so much media attention because:
1) It rarely blooms (this plant has not bloomed since 2007)
2) It is smelly (yes, it supposedly smells like a rotting corpse. I have to defer on this to those who have smelled a rotting corpse)
3) It is phallic shaped (yes, it is)
4) It is weird (yes, it is)
I rate reasons 2, 3 and 4 as to why the titan arum receives so much media attention. Afterall, there is nothing boys like better than weird, smelly, anatomical jokes. The plant itself is not rare anymore. Due to it’s unique characteristics it is now in many botanical gardens and private collections. I saw, and smelled, my first titan arum in San Francisco in 2008. The experience did not inspire me to get one. But, the plant draws crowds. You can see for yourself if you are in DC (but hurry, the plant does not stay in bloom very long) or you can google ‘tall, stinky plant’ (yes, seriously) and you will find the following links:
There really isn’t anymore to say on the subject.
Here’s a new one: An article in today’s Global Post claims hydrangeas can be smoked to create a marjuana-like high. Who knew? Apparently, German teenagers knew. Gardens across southern Germany are being raided for their hydrangeas. There is a chemical in hydrangeas from the cyanide family which causes a high. So far, this crime spree – the hydrangea thefts, it’s unknown if smoking hydrangeas is illegal – has been confined to Germany. Phew, that’s a relief! I don’t have to post security around my hydrangeas – yet. However, now that I’ve posted this news on ofgardens the spree could travel. My blog could just be that influential. Please let me know if your hydrangeas begin to be pilfered. You’ve been warned.
Global Post: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/young-germans-get-high-hydrangeas)