Lonely Planet Writer

Corpse flower in bloom at Denver Botanic Gardens

A rare flower that smells like rotting meat has bloomed at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Corpse plant.
Corpse plant. Image by Dave Pape / CC BY 2.0

The flower, colloquially known as the corpse flower, is native to Sumatra and contains compounds similar to those found in stinky feet, smelly cheese and rotting fish, according to tropical horticulturist Aaron Sidivy. While it might sound offensive, the stench has an evolutionary purpose – the smell attracts beetles and bugs to the flower to pollinate it. Known for its rarity, the corpse flower takes 7-10 years to bloom. This is the first time Denver’s corpse flower, called “Stinky” by DBG staff, has bloomed, and it’s the first to bloom in the Rocky Mountain region. Read more: kdvr.com