Chicago Botanic Garden's 2nd corpse flower is blooming

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Posted: Sep 30, 2015 5:14 PM

GLENCOE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago garden with a disappointing rainforest plant that refused to bloom now has a new star attraction.

The Chicago Botanic Garden announced Tuesday that a second corpse flower is not only on display in its semi-tropical greenhouse, but it is blooming.

Garden officials say the smell is a combination of Limburger cheese, garlic, rotting fish and smelly feet.

Visitors have been flocking to the garden to see the plant as it blooms. The garden is live-streaming the titan arum plant on its website (www.chicagobotanic.org/titan_arum_corpse_flower ).

This plant has been nicknamed Alice. In August, another corpse flower, nicknamed Spike, didn't open after much anticipation. Garden scientists finally opened the flower manually.