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Tucson Botanical Gardens extends hours today to visit Rosie the 'corpse flower'
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Tucson Botanical Gardens extends hours today to visit Rosie the 'corpse flower'

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Guests got about 5 minutes with the corpse flower at Tucson Botanical Gardens on April 23, 2018 in Tucson, AZ. Hundreds patiently lined up.

Tuesday update: Rosie the corpse flower started to bloom late Monday morning. People who waited days for the blooming process to start will have a lot less time to see the flower now that it's bloomed. It generally last no more than 36 hours before wilting, garden officials have said. The gardens are open until 10 p.m. tonight — though admission tickets stop being sold about 8:30 p.m.


Tucson Botanical Gardens' corpse flower, Amorphophallus Titanum, has bloomed for the first time in it's seven years of life.

You can have can have a once-in-a-decade experience this week in Tucson. 

The Amorphophallus Titanum, more commonly known as the corpse flower, is scheduled to bloom this Thursday or Friday evening at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. 

The flower, named "Rosie", is expected to bloom for only around 24 hours, so time to see it in person is limited. 

The corpse flower is one of the rarest and largest flowers in the world, not to mention one of the only flowers that emits the smell of rotting flesh. 

If you can't make it to the gardens to see the rare bloom, don't worry. You can watch a live stream of the flower online (plus you'll get to skip out on the smell.) 


Where: Cox Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion exhibit, Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way

When: It's expected to bloom Thursday night and last for 24 hours. Open: 8:30 a.m. The gardens are extending hours until 10 p.m. to see the bloom.  

Cost: Adults: $15; Students, Seniors & Military: $13; Kids (4-17): $8; Kids 3 and under: Free

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