Edmonton – A rare plant with a very distinguishing aroma has bloomed at Edmonton’s Muttart Conservatory.
Putrella the Corpse Flower, which gives off a smell many liken to rotting meat, bloomed on Monday.
The City of Edmonton describes seeing the rare and endangered plant “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
The opportunity doesn’t last long. The flower blooms for 36 hours.
“It’s very exciting,” says Muttart head grower James McIvor. “In under 40 days, Putrella has grown from a bud, less than an inch tall, to this incredible display. I can’t tell you how fortunate I feel to be able to see a Corpse Flower in bloom.”
The city says it’s the first time a Corpse Flower has bloomed in western Canada.
The Muttart Conservatory is extending its hours Monday to allow as many people as possible to see and smell Putrella in bloom.
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A unique corpse flower at Edmonton's Muttart Conservatory bloomed overnight and is emitting a foul odour like rotting meat. People are taking notice.