ST PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – The pungent “Corpse Flower” bloomed last night at the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences Conservatory, emitting a rotten smell that filled the greenhouse.
The flower, also known as Amorphophallus titanum, is native to Sumatran rain forests, according to the U of M. It can grow up to 6 feet, though the University’s flower has only reached 5.
This is the first time the flower has bloomed in seven years, and it will remain open for a brief window. The flower reached its peak scent at 12 a.m. Monday.
Anyone wishing to catch a whiff of the plant can visit the Conservatory, which will remain open until 9 p.m. Monday.
Those who want to see the flower, but avoid the smell, can view a livestream.