Prepare to hold your nose – Bella’s about to bloom again.
And if you don’t like the whiff of rotting flesh, keep a good distance from UNC Charlotte’s greenhouse on the morning that its rare but stinky titan arum, nicknamed “the corpse plant,” first opens in full, spectacular bloom.
That is where Bella has lived since the plant was 3 years old in 2001, the year the botanical garden acquired it from a Raleigh nursery. Born in the tropical rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia, its first blooming three years ago drew 4,000 plant lovers over the three days the giant bloom put on its blockbuster show.
Expect a new bloom about July 1, Bella’s keepers predict.