Friends of the Conservatory at Volunteer Park confirmed this morning that their Amorphophallus titanum, better known at the corpse flower, has burst out in all its short-lived and pungent glory.
The flower blooms only about once every three years for 24 to 48 hours and releases a putrid smell to attract carrion beetles.
Senior gardener David Helgeson compared the smell to "roadkill that’s been laying in the sun for several days."
Helgeson gave KUOW producer Posey Gruener a tour of the conservatory and the corpse flower Thursday day morning before it bloomed.
The conservatory will be open until 9 p.m. Friday to allow "nosy" spectators to take in the bloom.