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LIVE: Corpse flower at Meijer Gardens nears bloom

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — All eyes are on Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, where a rare corpse flower is expected to bloom Friday.

WOOD TV8 has partnered with Meijer Gardens to set up a round-the-clock livestream of the flower in case you can't make it out to see it.

>>App users: Watch our livestream of the corpse flower

Corpse flowers bloom rarely: The plant at Meijer Gardens is blooming for the first time since it was planted from a seed 18 years ago.

When the flower opens, it will reveal a maroon interior and give off an unpleasant smell often compared to that of rotting meat. The color and odor attracts insects, which pollinate the plant. Meijer Gardens' flower is named Putricia in honor of the plant's famous stench.

If you want to go see the corpse flower in person, it can be found in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory at the metro Grand Rapids Meijer Gardens.


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