Breathe deeply if you dare, St. Louis, because the "corpse flower" has bloomed.
The unique and rare flower made its appearance Thursday at the Missouri Botanical Garden, spokeswoman Catherine Martin said.
Its official name is Amorphophallus titanum, but the huge plant gets its nickname from the curious rotting flesh odor its bloom emits.
To accommodate those who want to see and smell the flower in its full glory, the garden is opening at 10 p.m. for three hours just so visitors can check it out. The visit is free but you have be in the door by 12:30 a.m. to be assured you'll get a viewing.
Martin says the show won't last long. The bloom is usually gone within 24 hours. And with the Best of Missouri Show starting, the garden won't reopen until noon Friday.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Boulevard.
The garden has five such tubers and the last one bloomed and released its rotting-meat scent last July
The plants bloom every year or two, and in just the right conditions.