DENVER — Stinky, a corpse flower at the Denver Botanic Gardens, started to bloom on Thursday afternoon.
The Botanic Gardens will open at 8 a.m. Friday for members and 9 a.m. for the general public. The last entry will be 8 p.m.
The bloom only lasts 24 to 48 hours and the smell dissipates on the first day.
The flower is native to rainforests of western Sumatra in Indonesia. When they bloom, they let out a foul odor that resembles decaying flesh, thus their names.
The first bloom usually happens when the flowers are 7 to 15 years old and subsequent blooms follow about every three to eight years.