Yes they really do smell like rotting meat! My voodoo lily bloomed for the first time last year, and I didn’t get a picture. It only lasted one day, I don’t know if this is normal or the if the fact that it was setting in direct sun, and it turned out to be a very hot day, factored into its quick demise. Before it bloomed I watched the unopened flower spike growing taller and taller each day. I came out the door on my way to work one morning and thought “what in the heck (not the actual word used) is that horrid smell!!!?” It had bloomed; it was disgusting, but beautiful.
This is how it currently looks. It’s growing fast and this time I plan to catch the bloom in all its stinky glory. Why do they smell so bad? They are pollinated by flies, so to attract the flies they mimic the odor of what flies love best, rotting meat. I’ve left it in a pot so I can move it around should the flower last and the odor be too strong for too long.
As usual I bought this plant for the foliage. I love the big sexy leaves and the black speckles on the stems. These photos are from 2007.