Watch Chicago's corpse flower bloom (without smelling it) here

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Nature is weird and beautiful! Case in point: the corpse flower that just bloomed at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Ill.


Julie McCaffrey, the Garden's Media Relations Manager, told Fusion that Alice the Amorphophallus titanum bloomed at approximately 11 p.m. CT Monday night.

She said that the plant smells "like a mixture of Limburger cheese and a dead animal and perhaps garbage"—hence the common name "corpse flower"—but that hasn't stopped more than 400 "excited" visitors from stopping by the Garden to smell it for themselves.


Just in case your nose can't handle the smell of dead cheese garbage, the Garden has a live feed of the blooming up on its YouTube channel.

Alice is one of five corpse flowers—also known by the less provocative common name "titan arum"—housed by the Chicago Botanic Garden. Spike, one of Alice's "brothers," bloomed back in August. McCaffrey said that the Garden planted the seedlings 12 years ago, so it is possible that another one of the plants will bloom soon.

"Each of these plants is different, and they decide when they want to open," McCaffrey told Fusion. "[Corpse flowers] take a long time to produce their first bloom. They were anticipating that Alice could bloom after 12 years, however we know that the one in Denver took 15 years before it had its first bloom."

Alice is expected to stay open for about 24 to 48 hours. Then, the plant will collapse and go dormant until its next bloom in about five to seven years. The smell, McCaffrey added, "will dissipate over time."


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