GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — All eyes were on Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in metro Grand Rapids as a rare corpse flower bloomed for the first time.
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People were lined up out the door before Meijer Gardens opened Thursday morning, which horticulturists said would be the best day to come see — and smell — the plant.
As the flower’s spathe started to open Wednesday night, it revealed a maroon interior and began to give off its signature unpleasant smell, which is often compared to that of rotting meat. Meijer Gardens’ flower is named Putricia in honor of the famous stench. The color and odor attract insects, which pollinate the plant.
Corpse flowers bloom rarely: This was the first bloom for the one at Meijer Gardens since it was planted from a seedling 18 years ago.
Workers at Meijer Gardens rolled away the plant Tuesday afternoon after it stopped blooming.