Our Amorphophallus titanum is so important it has its own page on our main website. Here you will find some of the back stories and further reading on the plant we are calling “New Reekie”.

Botanics Stories about New Reekie

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Scent of seduction

With the flowering of our titan arum for the third time this summer minds have been turning to how we can help our plant, fondly called New Reekie,...
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Amorphophallus titanum – Preserving it for posterity

The flowering of our Amorphophallus titanum (titan arum) was a tremendous event with c 19,000 people visiting the Glasshouses to see the plant growing from a small bud...
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New Reekie – power plant

New Reekie is still drawing a crowd even though it is now begining to look past its best. Today (30th June 2015) the skirt-like spathe that wraps around...
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New Reekie – meet the family

On Monday 29th June New Reekie is still looking good on the third day of flowering so there is time to introduce some of the family that you...
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New Reekie – a toast to the titan arum

The first flowering in Scotland of the world’s largest “flower” is something to celebrate. So what better tipple than the wine produced by the decendants of the plants...
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It’s Opening Now! (2015)

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Our Amorphophallus titanum (titan arum), one of the world’s biggest and smelliest blooms, is now in full flower. It’s a...
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New Reekie – in the heat of the moment

A small army of staff and volunteers, dubbed the ‘Titan Arum Army’, is sweltering alongside New Reekie to help explain this extraordinary tropical plant to visitors. However, heat...
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BBC News: Edinburgh gardens wait for ‘smelly’ giant plant

More coverage of our remarkable Amorphophallus titanum this time on the BBC News. Watch the video here.
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Sadie Barber interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live about Reekie

Our very own Sadie Barber was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live about our Amorphophallus titanum. You can listen to the interview below.
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New Reekie – growing the largest flower head in the world

Being the largest flower head is one of the titan arum’s claims to fame. The Guinness World Record height for this species is an impressive 3.1 metres, so...