In the mood to smell something terrible? Head over to the Volunteer Park Conservatory ASAP because Dougsley the Corpse Plant is opening up right now!
Today is a great day to visit the Volunteer Park Conservatory! It appears that "Dougsley" the Corpse Flower will open fully sometime today.— Seattle Parks (@SeattleParks) August 31, 2016
The corpse flower is blooming at Volunteer Park Conservatory! pic.twitter.com/qzYdCYYSI0— Saint Bryan (@saintbryan) August 31, 2016
The plant has been growing steadily since it arrived on loan from the University of Washington Biology Department. They've been keeping track of the plant's growth over the last two weeks and the bloom appears to be right on time. It's named Dougsley in honor of former greenhouse manager Doug Ewing, who planted it 12 years ago.
The corpse plan or corpse flower (actual name amorphophallus titanum) gets it's name from it's odor, which is said to be like that a rotting animal.
Dougsley will be on display until its bloom fades in the Volunteer Park Conservatory Seasonal House and will be available for viewing daily between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Conservatory will be open late for observation tonight as they expect the largest crowds to see it, and smell it.