Corpse Flower blooming at EIU again

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CHARLESTON, Ill. (WTHI) – The fourth blooming of EIU’s Corpse Flower is eagerly awaited again.

The plant, which has bloomed in 2008, 2010 and 2012, could grow to be seven feet tall and three feet wide.

Steven Malehorn, manager of Eastern Illinois University’s H.F. Thut Greenhouse, states the flower will smell ‘nasty’ and the intense ‘roadkill’ aroma can be smelled up to a mile away.

The estimated bloom time is to be between July 7 and July 10 but the exact date cannot be determined until a day or so before it actually blooms.

“But when it does bloom, it will happen fast — within hours — and the bloom will only last one night,” Malehorn explained.

The developing flower can be viewed anytime through the south window of the Thut Greenhouse on EIU’s campus.

The greenhouse will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. daily for the duration of the event, beginning June 30.

On the day of the bloom, the greenhouse will be open until midnight. The greenhouse will then be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. the day following the bloom.

There will also be a live stream of the event available and you can also check out their Twitter account and their daily blog. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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