The Corpse Lily bloomed when the Matthaei Botanical Gardens were closed, but you can still see it here
ANN ARBOR, MI – It was a little disappointing that the rare corpse lily at Matthaei Botanic Gardens bloomed in June when visitors were not allowed, said marketing associate Joe Mooney.
But, Ann Arbor Gardens documented the flower’s two-week full bloom that gives off a scent of rotting flesh in a time-lapse video available on its YouTube page.
The corpse lily is known as the most fragrant flower in the world. Its scent lingered in the gardens for about 24 hours, officials said.
Corpse flowers are relatively rare and are found naturally in Indonesia and Sumatra. While most plants attract pollinators through nectar or specific colors, the Corpse Flower uses its powerful scent to get the job done.
The flowers only last a short time and the Matthaei Botanical Gardens plant has finished blooming for now, Mooney said.
However, the gardens are now open to the public by scheduled reservation. And visitors can see a sculpture exhibit called “A Garden of Earthy Delights,” featuring a series of ceramic totem-shaped sculptures from the Ann Arbor Potters Guild, Mooney said.
The pieces are inspired by the plants and habitats of the Great Lakes Gardens in Matthaei and to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Potters Guild, Mooney said.
UM offers scheduled visits Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday. Each person in a group needs a separate reservation, according to the reservation website, and all visitors are encouraged to complete UM’s ResponsiBlue screening and have confirmation on arrival.
Face coverings are mandatory at all times inside the conservatory and reception center, regardless of vaccination status, officials said.
The trails and natural areas of Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum remain open to the public from sunrise to sunset.
More information can be found here.
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