Two Romeros in One Place – Definitely a Rare Sight at Phipps!


I know you are used to seeing double around here with the twins, but today it was a little bit different and a lot more stinky! Well the “stinky” is relative since twin toddlers can be quite stinky more often than just “rarely” so…..

Off to Phipps Conservatory we went to see the Corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanium) blooming. It blooms once every 10 years and when it does, it emits an awful smell which lasts 12 hours! According to Phipps it is one of the largest and rarest flowers on earth, growing two to six inches a day!

This flower was named after the movie director George Romero who is most famous for his Zombie movies, “Dawn of the Dead”.

While we were in line waiting to see the flower, Mason started praying that we didn’t come face to face with any of those Zombies! Or perhaps he was praying that it wasn’t going to be too stinky…. A mother never quite knows what goes on in her toddlers mind!

Well a couple of weeks ago I went to an estate sale at George Romero’s house and I landed myself a cool portrait of Mr. Romero and a script.

I decided to take Romero to go see his name sake, so we tried to get the boys to pose with the man of the hour….


YUP, that went well! LOL.

No perfect pictures today but we got a residual whiff of old scary George.

Hope Romero liked meeting Romero!

Quick! Hurry and go see it before it dies  – sadly in 24 hours!

Lucky to see this rare beauty today in Pittsburgh.

About Twin Mom

34 year old, born in a small steel town in South Africa, now living in a large Steel City in the US. Mother of twins and loving every moment.
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21 Responses to Two Romeros in One Place – Definitely a Rare Sight at Phipps!

  1. Michele says:

    That is rare–you are lucky to have been able to see it (of course the smelling part not so sure about)

    • Twin Mom says:

      Thanks Michele – we saw it earlier in the week before it bloomed too – there was definitely a lingering odor today!

  2. Lexie Lane says:

    Oh my gosh! It’s like a weird dinosaur plant or something! Kinda creepy!

  3. Pamela R says:

    What a exciting event to be a part of–this is one time I’m glad we cannot smell photos LOL ;]

  4. That is a weird looking plant. It looks like your twins had fun even though they didn’t want to cooperate with photos.

  5. Anna M says:

    How fascinating that you got to see such a rare event! It is so bizarre looking–I’m with Lexie with the dinosaur thoughts lol

  6. OUPA says:

    What a scoop! The most amazing flower. Pity it lasts such a short time. You and the boys were truely fortunate. Great picture of Romero.

    • Twin Mom says:

      It got even more magnificent as the petals came down – they kind of looked like an evening gown in my opinion.

  7. Corinne says:

    I agree with the others–it’s an amazing flower, so sad that it blooms for such a short time (although the smell certainly isn’t missed I’m sure). Thanks for sharing the pics. I would have never known about this flower otherwise and it certainly has a fascinating story that I am glad to know!

  8. Kim says:

    How exciting you all got to see that flower. I bet it’s the talk of the town. I love to find unique items live or still. Thanks for sharing such an amazing flower! Here’s to Romero!!

  9. Loreina says:

    How awesome you got to see something so unique! Even if it stinks lol!

  10. cindy says:

    Love all the cute pics! Looks so much fun! Thank you so much for sharing! xo xo

  11. Wow! I had no idea a flower like that existed. Very cool.

  12. rhonda says:

    Oh, how I love these pictures!!

    I am imagining the aroma, and I am *not* liking it. That is so interesting, and really neat that you got to experience something so rare..

    (too cute with the zombies)

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