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Corpse Flower at the US Botanic Garden [#29]

Something near the Capitol smells rotten. It’s the corpse flower approaching its infamous bloom, now on display at the US Botanic Garden. This is a rare sight, with each plant taking several years (or even decades) to bloom. At its peak, the plant emits a putrid, dying meat odor that pollinators can’t seem to get enough of.

But don’t let this special guest overshadow the rest of the plants on display! The Botanic Garden is a DC wonder, filled with diverse, awe-inspiring plants, many of which have headlined in David Attenborough’s documentaries. It’s a refreshing stop on the Mall.

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