Corpse Flower to Bloom at MSU

Watch out for the smell! The corpse flower has been described as smelling like roadkill, gym socks, old cheese or even rotting flesh.

East Lansing, MI - The rare "corpse flower" is set to bloom at Michigan State University's Beal Botanical Garden this week.

But, watch out for the smell - it is something like roadkill or rotting flesh.

MSU got the corpse flower in 1995, and it first bloomed in 2010. Now, four years later, the flower is ready to bloom and emit its signature smell again.

The flower is extremely rare and is found naturally in Sumatra, Indonesia. The corpse flower ranges in height, but the specific plant at MSU is almost 6 feet tall.

The public can take a look - and a whiff - of the flower for free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays, and on weekend days from 1 to 4 p.m. You can visit the Beal Botanical Garden on MSU's campus.

But the flower doesn't stay in bloom or emit that corpse-like smell for long. This stage generally lasts for 24 to 36 hours.

For detailed directions, parking information and up to the hour updates, check out the garden's Facebook page at is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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