A corpse flower is about to bloom in Chicago

I bought these buttons at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

If you’re around Chicago, any day now you can witness a corpse flower in bloom, a rare event. A titan arum named Spike is getting ready at the Chicago Botanic Garden.


Read all about it at the garden’s special Spike 2.0 web page.

I saw a titan arum at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in 2010. These huge flowers famously smell horrible, like a rotting corpse — or if you’ve never experienced that, like very old garbage. That’s how it attracts carrion beatles and flesh flies to pollinate the flower.

If you can’t make it, there’s a live webcam on the web page, also here at YouTube.

Enjoy your visit, and hold your nose.

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