Plantidote of the Day 2013-01-09 Updated!
Thanks to Plantidote pal insanely sane, today we have something you won't see every day -- if you're lucky ;-) -- a carrion flower. Not only is the carrion flower strange looking, but it also smells. Bad. Let's not mince words, it smells disgusting. I saw one once in a botanical garden, and my first thought was "Where's the rotten meat?"
But there's a reason carrion flower is so foul smelling. That's how it attracts flies for pollination purposes. Smart! What better way to draw flies than with the smell of putrid meat.
If you are interested in growing a carrion flower, they aren't very demanding, requiring some sun and moderate water during summer. In winter, these plants need some time off, according to my sources, with less water and cooler temperatures. Insanely probably knows more about this part, so there may be more growing tips in the comments.
Thanks, insanely!! It's fun to make silly jokes about stinky flowers, but that is one heckuva remarkable plant!!