Re: Stinky Plant.......... You are being polite

From: Michael Hunt (
Date: Tue Feb 16 1999 - 12:23:34 PST

Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999 15:23:34 -0500
From: "Michael Hunt" <>
Message-Id: <aabcdefg465$foo@default>
Subject: Re: Stinky Plant.......... You are being polite

a plant that smelled
of carrion when it bloomed that attracted flies.
It was a beautiful thing when it bloomed, but
you'd probably put it at the back of the lot rather
than your shrub bed. Anyone know what it is
and sources?

     I would almost bet its a Stapelia, a succulent from the Asclepiad
family. I grow many of this genus. Infact I have one getting ready to bloom
now that was labelled Dog sh*t flower at the nursery because of the horrid
smell. I was told I was the first customer to buy one. The common one, the
Carrion Flower is S. gigantea. I can most likely give you a piece in late
     Of course many other plants stink to high heaven. I remember my large
groups of S. purpurea that ate large amounts of slugs in the summer. Wow, it
would clear out the area quick and attract bottle flies by the hundreds. And
a real pretty stinker is the Dead Horse Arum.
     I also agree that alot of the coloration with cps is to attract flies
and such to rotting flesh, such as Dionaea, or various Nepenthes.
Take care,
St. Petersburg Fl

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