Also known as the Toad plant and the Starfish plant, this succulent from South Africa puts on an impressive show. Large buds emerge from the base of the plant and open up to a flower that is seven to ten inches in diameter. The name for this plant is a result of the “disgusting smell”, as one person described it. The odor has been described as having the aroma of rotting meat. Supposedly, the smell lasts only a short while and is bearable if grown outdoors.
We captured these first two photos at a friend’s home recently.
The first photo was taken at sunset, leaving an impression of a much larger plant.
This photo shows the Carrion flower bud is almost ready to open.
About the same time, another friend of ours sent us a picture of his plant in full bloom.
What can I say? This is a very striking flower.
Thanks to Edye, Sally, Rusty and Tim for growing these unusual flowers.
Dave and Trish