DENVER (CBS4) – The highly anticipated blooming of the corpse flower has finally taken place at Denver Botanic Gardens.
The DBG informed the public at 9:45 Tuesday night that their Amorphophallus titatnum had begun opening, releasing its signature stench.READ MORE: School Janitor Among 10 Men Arrested In Aurora Child Solicitation Bust
It’s a unique plant that uses an unpleasant odor to attract insects that then pollinate the flower. And its blooming is rare under cultivation.
The corpse flower is about 15 years old and this is the first time it has bloomed. The bloom typically lasts for about two days.
The DBG will have extra hours for viewers to get a whiff of the smelly flower:READ MORE: Questions Remain Surrounding COVID Vaccines Administered At Dr. Moma Health And Wellness Clinic
– 9 a.m. to midnight on Wednesday
– 6 a.m. to midnight on Thursday.
Normal 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. hours will resume Friday.
Allow extra time for parking. The parking structure is full so street parking will be required. #StinkyDBG— Denver Botanic Gardens (@botanic) August 19, 2015
The gardens is warning gardens-goers that street parking will likely be necessary due to the popularity of the event.MORE NEWS: COVID In Colorado: State Labor Department Reminds Workers Can Take Paid Sick Leave To Get Vaccinated
The Gardens released a photo on their Instagram page showing the long line just before opening on Wednesday morning: