ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The Missouri Botanical Garden is expecting. Expecting a corpse, that is.
In the next few weeks the botanical garden is expecting one of its eights corpse flowers to bloom. The rare flower only blooms in the right conditions and in over 120 years of cultivation, only 160 flowers have bloomed worldwide.
Every year or two the flower sends up a rolled up leaf that unfurls an umbrella like blade over a 3 week period, that can live for up to year, before going dormant. If the conditions are right, a bloom occurs in just a few hours that can last up to 5 days with a strong odor.
The Missouri Botanical Gardens host eight of the plants, one of the largest collections in the world. In 2012, 2 of their corpse flowers bloomed and the curators named one “Izzy”.
This year the garden wants to give the public the opportunity to name the flower, via social media on Facebook and Twitter, with hashtag#MobotTitan. The winner of the contest will get a behind the scene garden tour for up to four people and other prizes.
The winner will be determined after the plant blooms.
The corpse flower is located in the Linnean House at the gardens, and daytime viewing is included with Missouri Botanical Garden admission of $8 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4 and free admission on most Wednesday and Saturday mornings until noon. Missouri Botanical Garden members are free.
Evening viewing once the flower blooms, will start at 8 pm, with an admission of $10 for adults and children ages 3 years and older and $5 for Garden members and their children ages 3 years and older. Last entry will be at 12:30 a.m.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis.
For information visit www.mobot.org or call (314) 577 5100, toll free (800) 642 8842.