Corpse flower: Denver Botanic Gardens announces rare blooming of "Stinky"

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Denver Botanic Gardens has just announced that its amorphophallus titanum, commonly known as “the corpse flower” and affectionately known as “Stinky,” has begun blooming.

Why is this such a big deal? Well, corpse flowers are known to emit a horrifying stench whenever they bloom, which isn’t often. The last time Stinky showed its petals was in 2015, and each bloom only lasts 24-48 hours, maximum, before the flower closes up once again.

People have described the stench of corpse flowers as reminiscent of a full diaper, a rotting corpse or moist trash. What’s more, the smell is known to change subtly as the hours wear on. According to one person interviewed by the Miami Herald when one of their local flowers bloomed, “we got some really strong cabbage, sort of brussel sprout notes for a while.”

You know, in case you want to get put off your appetite.

The Denver Botanic Gardens will not extend their hours on Thursday, Aug. 30, and are only open until 8 p.m., if any amateur botanists want to catch this rare opportunity. The gardens open again on Friday, Aug. 31 at 8 a.m., but there’s no promise that by then you won’t have missed the best of the worst smells you can imagine.

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