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'Corpse Flower' Blooms Unexpectedly at Chicago Botanic Garden

By Alex Nitkin | September 29, 2015 11:28am
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A corpse flower nicknamed "Alice" unexpectedly started blooming, according to a Tuesday announcement.
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CHICAGO — More than a month after horticulturalists gave up hope to see "Spike" the "corpse flower" in full bloom, a different specimen of the rare plant made an unexpected debut, according to a Tuesday announcement.

Botanic Garden officials said Alice is a "sibling" of Spike, the massive, rare flower Chicagoans watched for weeks to see if it would bloom.

The plant species, Amorphophallus titanum, can reach up to 10 feet tall and only blooms every seven to 10 years. It earned its nickname, "corpse flower," thanks to its unique smell gardeners describe as "a combination of limburger cheese, garlic, rotting fish, and smelly feet."

The Botanic Garden will be open for "peak viewing" until 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. It will reopen from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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