Toronto Zoo extends rare flowering hours of spiky corpse flower ‘Vincent Van Gross’


The “Vincent Van Gross” corpse flower at the Toronto Zoo has finally bloomed after months of anticipation, and it’s time to stink.

The flower known to mimic the smell of rotting flesh blooms for only eight to 38 hours at a time, and only once every several years.

The zoo has extended its hours until 11 p.m. on Sunday to allow visitors to smell the famous flower before it closes.

Amorphophallus titanium is native to Indonesia and can reach three meters in height. It takes between 6 and 10 years for the plant to produce its first flower, which releases the scent to attract insects that mistake the scent for rotting meat.

This is the second time the flower has bloomed at the zoo. Pablo “Pe-ew” Caso was the first to flower in September 2018.

Those who wish to participate in this rare experience still have the option of visiting the zoo greenhouse between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets for “Vincent Van Gross Presents: A Stinky Night” can be booked online for $ 5. Since the event takes place indoors, guests are asked to wear masks.

Those wishing to participate in a visit during zoo opening hours are kindly requested to pre-book their visit online. The zoo says the exhibition will continue to be extended as long as the flower remains in bloom.


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