See and smell one of the Franklin Park Zoo’s corpse flowers next week

Fester, a corpse flower at the Franklin Park Zoo, is expected to bloom in the next seven to 10 days, according to a zoo statement.

The “corpse flower” nickname refers to the rotting smell the Amorphophallus titanum gives off when it blooms. This aroma attracts the carnivorous insects that pollinate the flower, according to the zoo.

The flowers only bloom once every several years, and the blooms last for two days or less. The seven-to-10-day estimate isn’t precise, the zoo said, so check its website and Twitter account for updates.

Corpse flowers also grow quickly, sometimes four or five inches a day as they near bloom, and they can have blooms up to nine feet tall.


This will be Fester’s third bloom.