Fresh Cut Flowers That Stink

A bouquet of freshly cut flowers can brighten up a room. However, beautiful flowers do not necessarily have a pleasant scent. Some flowers emit odors that overwhelm the beauty of the blossom. Of course, certain flowers can smell wonderful to one person and have a completely different effect on another.


Marigolds (Tagetes) are annual flowers that come in bright oranges, yellows or reds. The plant is available in many varieties. They are planted in gardens as borders and used to detract aphids from other plants like roses. These plants are often cut and arranged in floral bouquets for the home because of their stunning bright colors and pretty ruffled appearance. Marigolds are known for their very strong odor that is offensive to some people. The smell is similar to a weedy scent or pungent moldy fragrance.

Paper Whites

Paper whites (Narcissus tazetta) are small white flowers that have bluish-grey foliage. These flowers are part of the daffodil family and grown throughout the world. They are a cool season plant that blossoms in the winter just in time to be used in floral arrangements for Christmas. The paper white is described as having a delicate, delicious scent by The Flower Expert; however, many people find this smell unappealing. The flower's aroma can be very overpowering.

Stargazer Lilies

Stargazer lilies (Lilium orientalis) are gorgeous, exotic, blossoming plants that are popular wedding flowers. This plant buds into a large elegant bloom with beautiful colors that span the rainbow. They are often used as border plants or as accents by pools. Usually these plants are known for their sweet, robust fragrance, but some people find this flower's scent is too potent.

Shasta Daisies

Shasta daises (Chrysanthemum maximum) are perennial evergreen plants that are actually made up of two flowers. The yellow center is a disk floret and the white petals are ray florets. They are favorite spring flowers for gardeners and florists. However, Shasta daises give off a very strong weed-like essence that is unpleasant to some individuals.


Geraniums (Pelargonium x hortorum) are leafy plants with big showy flowers; scented geraniums still have the lovely green foliage, but their flowers are tiny and delicate. These plants are used in kitchens and gardens. Geranium leaves come with many different scents like lemon, rose, nutmeg, orange and peppermint. There are also two types of geraniums that have leaves that have a fragrance of camphor and eucalyptus. These two aromas are very medicinal and powerful odors that can bother some people.

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Christina Delegans-Bunch is a freelance writer who has been pursuing her professional writing career since May 2009. Her work has been published on eHow. She is looking forward toward personal and professional growth as her writing skills expand. She is a certified floral designer and wedding consultant.