Top Ten List of Smelly Plants

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6. Voodoo Lily

Voodoo Lily

This large lily gives off a smell similar to a rotting carcass in order to attract Lucilia flies and other insects. The plant traps them for a full day and night then releases them with lots of pollen.

Flies and other insects with an appetite for destruction are drawn to the horrific smell, thinking a feast of decay awaits. In their search for a meal, the flies pick up pollen and inadvertently provide pollination services to the flowers.

The voodoo lily belongs to the same family as the aptly named corpse flower, which employs the same smelly pollination ploy. (Here’s how one visitor familiar with the corpse flower compared the two, Thomas recalled: “He decided that ours was actually stinkier,” Thomas said. “We kind of like that.”)


7. Jack the Pulpit

Jack the Pulpit

Above the male flowers there is a ring of hairs that act as an insect trap. The pollinators get trapped and covered in the plant’s pollen as they try to escape.

All parts of the plant can cause an allergic reaction and some parts give off heat and odor to attract insects.

Cattle should not be grazed in wooded pastures at any time when jack-in-the-pulpit is one of the few green plants available. Although there is no satisfactory way of eradicating it, its numbers will be considerably lessened if it is consistently dug when seen .


8. Star Flowers

Star Flowers

These succulents grow amazing hairy flowers that give off the smell of rotting flesh. They blooms are very big and the larger the species the more
pungent the scent. The hairs on the flower are there to resemble a layer of mould that grows on rotting meat.

Blow flies act as pollinators and a lot of flies will actually lay their eggs inside the flower, as they would with a rotting carcass


9. Carrion Flowers

Carrion Flowers

There are a number of flowers that look and smell like rotting meat in order to attract insect that will pollinate them. A lot of species will trap the insects after luring them in, letting them go only when they’ve collected enough pollen. However, carrion flowers don’t reward the insects that pollinate them with nectar like most other flowers.


10. Western Skunk Cabbage

Western Skunk Cabbage

This plant gets its name from the skunk-like odor it lets off to the entire surrounding area. The smell can even be noticed in very old, dried out specimens. The foul smell attract pollinators, beetles and other insects. It’s found in damp areas such as swamps and wooded areas.





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