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.