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Corpse flower at Denver Botanic Gardens expected to bloom in September

DENVER  — The Denver Botanic Gardens’ corpse flower is expected to bloom in all its rotting-corpse-smelling glory in early to mid-September.

Horticulturalists at the Gardens warned there is always the possibility that the bloom will be a bust, but the 18-year-old plant is enough of an anomaly to draw crowds.

The pungent flower blooms only once every three to 15 years. The bloom lasts for up to 48 hours.

The Botanic Gardens will be open for regular hours during the bloom, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. On bloom day, members can turn up an hour early to get the first sniffs.

The bloom boasts a stench said to smell like rotting flesh. The smell, intended to attract flies and carrion beetles for pollination, gets stronger in late evening.