APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — A strange plant known as the voodoo lily is expected to bloom at the Minnesota Zoo in the next few days, filling the air with a rotting smell similar to the better known corpse flower.

The four-foot-tall lily was planted at the zoo on Tuesday morning on the Tropics Trail section of the zoo.

The plant is native to Japan, China and Indonesia. It’s also known as devil’s tongue and is a member of the same plant family as the native Minnesota species Jack-in-the-pulpit and the familiar Calla-lily.

The bad smell is said to attract bugs, mainly flies.

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Comments (2)
  1. another view of odor says:

    I just knew it – Michelle Bachmann is in the zoo. My sniffer still works well lol

  2. KracktUp says:

    Why would people have any interest in going there? It doesn’t seem to be attractive, the odor can be smelled at any outhouse, so I guess I wonder why?