Corpse Flower Stinks Up Chicago, Celebration Ensues

No, it's not Spike making Chicago Botanic Garden reek—it's Alice
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2015 11:44 AM CDT

Go ask Alice when you want to stink up the place. Unlike the dud that Spike the corpse flower turned out to be, another titan arum at the Chicago Botanic Garden came through Monday night and started blooming, emitting the plant's signature stench throughout the garden's Semitropical Greenhouse, the Chicago Tribune reports. "Alice the Amorphophallus is blooming!" exclaims the garden's website, which also features a plant-cam where you can watch a livestream of Alice's adventures.

"We can admit to a little relief," the outgoing CEO of the garden tells the Tribune. "It brings resolution to the 75,000 people who came to see Spike." Workers pollinated Alice with pollen from Spike and from a titan arum in Denver, and they expect the plant to open even more as its bloom progresses. Meanwhile, the smell wafting through the greenhouse is progressing just fine. "It smells like a nasty diaper," says one visitor. (These stories prove it's so.)

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