Eight of the rudest plants from around the world have been named and shamed by red faced gardeners.
Researchers from GardeningExpress.co.uk have revealed some slightly offensive flowers that could be growing in your garden.
From hooker’s lips to the naked man orchid researchers from the online garden centre Gardeningexpress.co.uk have identified eight slightly offensive plants from across the globe.
Whether it is a flower in the form of a naked man or a sexually-suggestive shrub, rude plants show that nature really does have a great sense of humour.
A spokesperson from Gardeningexpress.co.uk said:
“We know there is a time and a place for everything, but we just could not help ourselves when finding some plants on the cruder side of life.
“But this list is not just about having a laugh, it really shows how wonderful plants can be. From one little seed, a plant can grow to create a detailed flower that just so happens to perfectly show something quite rude. We certainly had fun compiling the list.”
- Hooker’s Lips
So-called because of its uncanny resemblance to a heavily made-up mouth wearing lipstick, Hooker’s Lips is a shrub native to rainforests of Central and South America. It can grow more than three metres tall and its bright red lips grow to attract pollinators.
2. Carrion flower
Known as the World’s smelliest flower, Carrion flowers bloom around once every seven years and when they do, produce a foul smell that can only be described as rotting flesh. It’s Latin name, Amorphophallos Titanum, comes from three words. Amorpho meaning ‘without form, or misshapen’, Phallos meaning ‘phallus’ and Titan meaning gigantic.
3. Naked man orchid
Common in Mediterranean countries, the naked man orchid, sometimes known as the Italian orchid, mimics a naked man. Believe it or not, dependant on weather it maybe possible to grow these orchids in the UK and seeds can be bought online.
4. Peter’s Pepper
Sometimes dubbed as the “penis pepper”, this needs no explanation as to why it’s rude! This variety of chilli pepper is actually one of the hottest peppers in the world and is often used for its ornamental use rather than human consumption.
5. Angel orchid
As with its Naked man cousin, this orchid species also produces a bit of a rude sight. Known as the Angel orchid, the plant, which is native to Southern India, has a flower that resembles a cloaked woman with large breasts.
6. Sausage tree
Found all across Eastern Africa, the Kigalia, or Sausage tree, produces a fruit that looks like a sausage that can range between one to three feet long. The fruit, which is technically a berry, is actually very poisonous but can be fermented and turned into beer. Women have historically used the pulp to rub onto their skin to prevent blemishes.
7. Clitoria Ternatea
This one speaks for itself really. The flower of the vine was first described as mimicking female genitals and was therefore given its rather rude name. The Clitoria Ternatea is native to equatorial Asia but has been introduced across Africa, America and Australia. The flower has been used within Chinese medicine as a method of treating female reproductive issues.
A rude plant that is grown in the UK is the Rhodochiton. On first inspection you might fail to see why this plant can be considered rude, but for a few weeks before they flower, they have a pendulous tube that resembles a certain part of the male anatomy. The herbaceous climber can grow above three metres tall.