It sounds like the title of a Tim Burton film or a Stephen King novel — The Corpse Flower. But no, it’s the big attraction at the Franklin Park Zoo, where more than 9 thousand people have flocked to see Morticia, the amorphophalus titanium better known as the corpse flower. Corpse flowers like Morticia only bloom every 15 years, and when they do, it stinks! It's an evolutionary advantage: the smell of rotting flesh attracts pollinators like flies, hence the name. We checked in with the zoo's horticulturalist to get a first person account.
Harry Liggett, manager of horticulture and grounds at Zoo New England