A gardening friend said she was going to bring over a present. She was very excited –something about plants called Stapelia which were blooming. As soon as I saw it I thought what a great gift. The bloom is unique and shaped like a star. We decided not to plant it but rather place it in a spot and see how it responded. The next day while sitting at my computer window I noticed a rank, overwhelming smell— something like road kill. Turns out this beautiful flower emits a stench to attract flies. The Stapelia has been relocated to the back end of the garden where she can bloom and I can admire her from a distance.
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