Rotting meat, hot garbage, and dirty diapers.
They’re scents that most people wouldn’t be lining up to inhale.
But at the Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park — that’s exactly what’s happening.
A rare Indonesian “corpse flower” that has taken six years to bloom opened up on Sunday night, and with it comes a once-in-a-lifetime odour.
The news of its opening drew big crowds to catch a glimpse, and maybe a whiff, of the six-foot-tall wonder that locals have nicknamed Uncle Fester.
Officials say the stink will be at its putrid peak starting at 7 a.m. Monday, possibly lasting through Tuesday night before the flower collapses.
WATCH: Timelapse shows ‘corpse flower’ growing
Because of their massive size, corpse flowers need a huge store of energy to bloom and go through years-long growth and dormancy stages.
Once they’ve finally stored up the energy to produce a flower, things move quickly — up to six inches per day during peak period.
The final product is among the largest flowers in the world.
— With files from Simon Little