Gardening is a skill that requires persistence, a willingness to get your hands dirty and -- in the case of the corpse flower -- patience. A good set of nose plugs wouldn't hurt either.
A corpse flower is currently on display at the U.S. Botanic Gardens near Capitol Hill, the first time in six years this flower has appeared at this venue. This rare event is certainly worth witnessing for anyone who can stand the stench.
Given its nickname because its smell when in bloom is akin to rotting flesh, Amorphophallus titanum, also known as Titan Arum, is a fickle flower. It blooms irregularly and can take years or even decades to flower. When it finally does, the plant, in addition to a powerful stench, which is designed to attract pollinators, unveils its deep purple and yellow hues. The show only lasts for a day or two before the petals collapse back in.
This plant isn't the only one that could test the limits of any flower enthusiast's patience. There are other late bloomers and fleeting flowers that bloom once in a blue moon.