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Corpse Flower

When: Sun., Aug. 16 2015

It can go as long as a decade between blooms, and when it does bloom, it can grow several feet high. And it smells like rotting flesh. That would be the corpse flower, a species native to Indonesia, and one that belongs to the Denver Botanic Gardens (1107 York St., Denver, botanicgardens.org) will blossom for the very first time today. Most likely. When the corpse flower blooms, it releases bursts of scent designed to attract bugs that lay eggs in carrion, in the hopes that such visitors will pollinate it. It lasts maybe a day or two before collapsing. So if a strange-looking, foul-smelling plant sounds like a must-see, watch Twitter for updates from the Garden by way of #StinkyDBG. Entry is free for members, and $9 to $12.50 for nonmembers. — Edie Adelstein

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