What is the Largest Flower in the World?

Rafflesia, the biggest flower in the world, Sumatra, Indonesia

The largest flower in the world is the Rafflesia arnoldii from the rainforests of Indonesia. It can grow up to one meter (three feet) across and weigh up to 6.8 kilograms (15 pounds).

The flower is all there is to the plant-there are no visible leaves, stems or roots. Just one big blossom. A parasitic plant, Rafflesia arnoldii draws all of its food and water from a host plant.

Rafflesia flower in Borneo jungle

As eye engaging as this blossom might be, you don’t want to lug it home for a centerpiece on the dining room table. Its smell is most often likened to rotting meat. This questionable choice of odor is perfectly suited for attracting necessary pollinators…but not people.

It is still an incredible sight to behold…even if you will be holding your nose while you snap a few pictures!