VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If you want to see — and smell — the corpse flower at the Bloedel Conservatory today, you better pack your patience.
The stinky flower, named “Uncle Fester” by a public vote, is in bloom and there was a line up outside the conservatory before it opened at 7 a.m. today.
The original estimated wait was 20 minutes. That wait time ballooned to two hours and then a whopping three hours by 7:30 a.m.!
After the initial rush of visitors, the wait time eased off to between an hour and an hour and a half.
The flower, which is the largest in the world, emits a terrible stench described as rotting garbage and rotting flesh.
The stench only lingers between 24 and 36 hours.
It only flowers about three times over its 40-year lifespan.
The line-up to see Uncle Fester was also hours-long yesterday.
— Amrit Gill (@AmritG) July 17, 2018