Carrion Flower (Stapelia gigantea)
Carrion flower is also known as the giant toad flower or the dead horse plant. The flower blooms this time of year and smells like carrion- the carcass of a dead animal. Spooky, isn’t it? The flower attracts blow-flies which in turn pollinate the plant. The plant itself resembles a cactus with spineless stems. Carrion flower likes sun and a moderate amount of water in a well-drained soil. This plant can be propagated by cuttings in the spring. Due to the smell of the blooms I recommend growing this outside. These photos were taken this morning at the Floida Botanical Gardens.