The “Corpse Flower” Blooms For Orange Coast College

Orange Coast College has built a strong reputation as one of the leading two-year colleges in the nation because of the strong commitment made by providing a successful academic and athletic program more closely linked to that of a four-year college than a traditional trade school.

The Horticultural Department at Orange Coast College is once again celebrating a success as the Amorphophallus Titanum plant, better known as the “Corpse Flower” is expected to bloom for the first time since arriving at the college in 2006; the first bloom is expected for the flower sometime around ten years of life and will continue to bloom every three to five years for the remainder of its life.

The “Corpse Flower” gained its name because of the strong odor produced by the plant as it blooms, which has prompted members of the Orange Coast College Horticultural College to use fans throughout the day to disperse the smell of rotting flesh produced by the flower. Learn more about Orange Coast College: and

“Little Dougie”, as the flower has been christened is expected to bloom for between 24 and 48 hours with the strongest odor and floral display expected during the evening prompting Orange Coast College to extend visiting hours to 10 p.m. once the flower finally blooms

Established in 1947, Orange Coast College has become a leading two-year educational institution in the U.S. with one of the top 100 transfer rates to four-year schools of the 5,000 two-year institutions accredited in the nation; the majority of students who move up to four-year institutions move to local schools, such as California State University and the University of California.

One of the leading programs developed by the athletic department of Orange Coast College has been the rowing division that has produced a number of national championship teams in a discipline usually confined to use by long established four-year colleges and universities.

Orange Coast College has produced many Olympic level rowers, such as Craig Amerkhanian who has become one of the most respected rowing coaches in the world.