Top 11 Ugliest FlowersMarch 7, 2017
Last modified: June 26, 2017
Flowers are supposed to enhance the feel of your garden and can add a little prettiness to the most basic of gardens. However, some break the norm completely and ugly is the only word that comes to mind when describing these flowers. Take a look at some of the ugliest plants on the planet;
The Amorphophallus titanum, otherwise known as the Corpse Flower, is officially labelled the World’s Most Ugly. Due to its odour like that of a rotting animal, it’s no wonder this is the name it’s been lumbered with. It blooms every four to six years within its 40-year life expectancy, and can grow to reach 5ft in height!
A mushroom which was first reported in Pittsburgh, North America in 1915. Often found at the edge of woods. The body first resembles a puffball but later splits to form a stalk with arms that taper.
Named because of the way it looks from a distance, this is found in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. The shrub forms grey-white mounds and can spread 5ft. Tiny leaves are covered in hairs, with flowers beneath.
The plant, found in south-west Africa, specifically Namibia and Angola, is considered a living fossil. Initially, the plant grows two leaves from one thick trunk and, as the plant continues to grow, the leaves may split. Some plants are estimated to be more than 1,000 years old.
Also referred to as pipe vines, they are widespread and appear in various climates. The basis of the plant is an intertwining stem with simple leaves.
Found in the North Cape of Namibia, the plant consists of a thick trunk, densely covered in spines. There is a crown at the top appearing during the growing months of winter, and velvet-textured flowers appear from August to October.
Also known as gigs, curumamil, cross or crown of the cross. From South America, this slow-growing shrub with greyish flowers blooms in March and April. Often used as an ornamental plant for its fragrance, it is under threat of extinction, due to a loss of habitat.
Also known as the climbing onion, this plant originates from South Africa. The bulb is a pale green, with half growing underground. New branches appear each year, making it look like an elongated asparagus, with greenish flowers.
Also commonly known as tropical pitcher plants, this plant comes from a family of more than 120 species. They are vine-forming, originating from south China, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. The plant grows as a climbing vine.
A slow-growing, ornamental plant that can reach 6ft, also called wild grape, tree grape and Namibian grape. Plants are found in Namibia. The large shiny leaves tend to fall during winter and grape-like bunches appear near the end of summer.
Another corpse flower, also famous for producing one of the world’s largest flowers. It produces no leaves, stems or roots but lives as a parasite on the Tetrastigma vine. The flower is pollinated by flies attracted to its rotting flesh stench.