“Odie,” the UNC Charlotte Botanical Garden’s other mature Titan Arum, is expected to blossom this month. This will be the second time the 12-year-old specimen will bloom at McMillan Greenhouse; the first time was in 2015.
Already this spring, Odie’s twin “Rotney the Magnifiscent” blossomed for the first time. Thousands of people recently visited campus to catch a whiff of the aroma, described as rotting flesh, thus its nickname “corpse flower.”
Titan Arums are native to the jungles of Sumatra and produce the world’s largest floral structures; they can grow to 10 feet in height. Titans normally open in the evening and the intense odor only lasts for 12 hours. The bloom will stay open (with a much lighter odor) for only one to two days.