There's a flower that can grown up to 15 feet tall and smells like a decaying body... and New Yorkers can't get enough of it.

The famous (or infamous if you hate the smell of corpses) flower is one of the most amazing plant specimens on the entire planet. Native to the rainforests of Indonesia, its size, stink, and rarity make it one of the most popular exhibitions at any botanical garden, including in New York state.

The rare corpse flower can take up to ten years before its first bloom
The rare corpse flower can take up to ten years before its first bloom (NYBG via YouTube)

Where to Find the Corpse Flower in New York

Another factor that makes the corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) so special is how rarely it blooms. It can take up to ten years for a corpse flower plant to absorb enough energy to bloom, and when it does, the massive flower that emits the trademark smell only lasts for several days. Luckily, one destination in New York has an amazing example of the stinky plant.

Corpse Flower at the New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) in New York City most recently had a corpse flower bloom in 2023. The unfortunate news is that after blooming, the flower needs multiple years to once again store energy for its next flowering cycle. A call to the NYBG revealed that none of their corpse flowers are expected to bloom in 2024. There are options is other states, however.

Corpse Flowers Across the Country

April seems to be the month of corpse flower blooms, and the United States Botanical Garden (USBG) just began to witness their plant opening its petals this week (the flower is estimated to last until April 28th). Unlike the NYBG, however, the USBG has cultivated enough corpse flowers for visitors to experience multiple blooms per year.

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While the corpse flower can only survive in New York under professional greenhouse supervision, there are other plants that grown naturally in the state that can be equally fascinating. For example, New York is home to four carnivorous plants that use various tactics to catch their prey (including getting them drunk). Check out the "horror" plant to avoid in New York below.

"Giant Horror Plant" Returns To New York State

A "giant horror plant" that can cause blindness and severe burns is still in New York State, despite the best efforts from New York officials.

Plant Some Of These In Your New York Garden to Keep Mosquitoes Away

New York State is home to about 70 species of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes occasionally they can transmit disease. According to New York State Of Health, some mosquito species have the potential to transmit disease-causing viruses, should those viruses be present in New York.

How do you keep these dangerous creepy crawlies away from you and your yard? Well, you could spend a small fortune on citronella candles all summer long. Or you can plant some of these 11 plant varieties around your garden or yard:

Gallery Credit: Dave Wheeler