Around noon on Tuesday, Sept. 21, the D.C. Smith Greenhouse’s corpse flower started to bloom, hitting its peak stench early that evening. It took several more days for the flower to collapse.
Between Tuesday and Wednesday, greenhouse manager Johanna Oosterwyk estimates that at least 2,000 people stopped by to see the bloom.
Fortunately, for those who missed it, horticulture researcher Doug Senalik captured the waxing and waning of the bloom on camera, and then condensed it down into a 5-minute video.
Too bad there’s no way capture the smell. It’s just not the same without it.