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Morty the Corpse Flower @ The Botanical Gardens

If you’re the type of person who likes to be around stinky, smelly, rotten things (c’mon Buffalo zombies!), then you’re not going to want to miss the blooming of the corpse flower at the Botanical Gardens. The Corpse Flower is native to the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia, and not only stink like all get out, the plant also looks like it comes to planet earth via a radioactive meteorite. These are the plants that probably inspired many B-movie sci-fi flicks, such as Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People.

Seeing that we’re a flower/plant-loving city, and our residents pride themselves on growing the most unusual types of foliage and greenery, I would think that viewing this plant might actually be on a few bucket lists. If that’s true, then don’t miss your chance to see Morty the Corpse Flower, who has arrived in Buffalo and is expected to bloom over the next ten days. Typically the corpse flower blooms every six to ten years, and not many people ever get the “distinked” pleasure to ever see this rare occurrence (a bloom can grow to six or eight feet tall).

The Botanical Gardens purchased three of the stinky beauties for their collection. Garden “Undertaker” Jeff Thompson, Director of Horticulture, has been working overtime to ensure that the conditions are perfect for its newest family members.

For more information on this latest addition to Buffalo’s Botanical Gardens, click here.


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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