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Hoping to get a whiff of the corpse flower today? Prepare to wait!

Last Updated Jul 17, 2018 at 9:21 am PST

FILE: A corpse flower blooms at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Mich., Thursday, July 12, 2018. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

By 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, there was already a three-hour wait to see 'Uncle Fester'

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.