CHICAGO — The Chicago Botanic Garden's biggest new star will put on a smelly show any day now, according to the garden.
The Botanic Garden said the "corpse flower" plant named Spike still hadn't bloomed as of Saturday afternoon.
#CBGSpike update: Not open late tonight. Giving Spike another night off. Titan Tim & our scientists are carefully monitoring progress.— ChicagoBotanicGarden (@chicagobotanic) August 28, 2015
Outside "leaves" on the Amorphophallus titanum specimen fell away late last week, the equivalent of its water breaking, according to the garden.
Spike was said to be likely to bloom Monday or Tuesday, but it hadn't bloomed as of Saturday afternoon. When it does eventually bloom, the flower will emit a stench that's described as a combination of "limburger cheese, garlic, rotting fish, and smelly feet."
The blooming of corpse flowers is rare, only happening every seven to 10 years. Spike has been in the care of the Chicago Botanic Garden for 12 years.
On the night that the plant blooms, the garden will stay open until 2 a.m. and offer free parking after 9 p.m.
Regular hours are from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Sept. 7.
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