Penis plant holds forth

The horticulture world is all aflutter now that a rare, tall phallic shape plant Amorphophallus decus-silvae, known by the Netherland locals as the “penis plant” has bloomed for the first time in over two decades. This momentous event has spawned widespread envy amongst gardeners with less-endowed sprouts. With early signs of the impending bloom appearing about a month ago, the bud has now grown about half a meter with its narrow shaft reaching up to two meters. Meanwhile, iris by the hundreds of millions bloom yearly, with little fanfare and without need of a ruler to prove worth and beauty.


Photo courtesy of US Botanic Garden.