Denver Botanic Gardens’ corpse flower, Lil Stinky, is blooming for the next 24-36 hours


This weekend at Denver Botanic Gardens, you can see — and smell — something fascinatingly rare: the blooming of a massive corpse flower named Lil Stinker.

The Amorphophallus titanum, known colloquially as a corpse flower, is an absolutely gigantic tropical plant that, when briefly in bloom, emits an incredible odor that often draws long lines from curious plant enthusiasts.

“This odor is a mechanism for the plant to draw in pollinators, including carrion beetles and flies, from as far as a mile away,” Denver Botanic Gardens said on its website, noting that a corpse flower could bloom as often as every 2-3 years. The gardens are home to two such flowers: Stinky and Lil Stinky, found in the Tropical Conservatory.

Once Lil Stinky opens up, the clock is ticking — you’ve only got 24-36 hours to enjoy the s̶m̶e̶l̶l̶ spectacle.

People clamor to look at and ...

AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

People clamor to look at and photograph the corpse flower on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.

Denver Botanic Gardens gave a visual preview of Lil Stinker’s big moment on social media:

If you want to check it out, advance, time-entry tickets are required. There will be no extended hours, but the Denver Botanic Gardens are open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The last possible admission time each day is 7 p.m.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., (720) 865-3500, botanicgardens.org

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