Meijer Gardens corpse flower bloom

 

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — All eyes are on Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in metro Grand Rapids, where a rare corpse flower is blooming.

Horticulturists at Meijer Gardens said Thursday would be the best day to come see — and smell — it. 

The flower's spathe started to open Wednesday night, expanding to about 25 inches by 10 p.m.

As the flower opens, it reveals a maroon interior and gives off an unpleasant smell often compared to that of rotting meat. The color and odor attracts insects, which pollinate the plant. Meijer Gardens' flower is named Putricia in honor of the plant's famous stench.

Corpse flowers bloom rarely: The plant at Meijer Gardens is blooming for the first time since it was planted from a seedling 18 years ago. The flower will should start to close by Thursday evening and be completely closed by the end of Saturday.

If you want to go see the corpse flower in person, the  Meijer Gardens are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and the plant can be found in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory.

The flower's spathe started to open Wednesday night, expanding to about 25 inches by 10 p.m.

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