Get ready for the nose plugs. Three corpse flowers are well on their way to unleashing their powerful stench on Washington, D.C., anytime between August 17 and 26.

You may want to stay inside as much as possible between August 17 and 26, because three corpse flowers, including a set of twins in the same pot, are primed and ready to bloom, letting their horrendous odor loose on the U.S. capital. The trio is in the U.S. Botanical Garden downtown, and according to Deputy Executive Director Susan Pell, "It's unprecedented in North America to have three corpse flowers blooming at the same time in the same proximity at one botanic garden, so [it's] pretty exciting." Corpse flowers are native to tropical rainforests in Indonesia, and don't really follow a set schedule when it comes to blooming. What's crazy is that it can take the plants years or even decades to store enough energy to bloom. Once the flowers do open, they can collapse anywhere from 24 and 48 hours. But just because they're short-lived, doesn't meant that they don't pack a punch! The flowers are also known as "stinky plants," and have been described as a combination of fish, garlic, diapers and rotting meat. (Shudders.) For the flowers at the botanical garden, this will be the first bloom for all of them. The one with twin flowers is roughly 12 years old, while the single plant is only five years old.
If you're interested in catching a glimpse (or a whiff) of these plants, the U.S. Botanical Garden will be extending their hours. They're usually open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but will stay open until 7 p.m., August 14-21, and 10 p.m. on peak bloom days. You can stay updated on the flowers by checking out the live stream the garden has set up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IDq5q6mu0g What do you think of the corpse flowers? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Botanic Garden Facebook page.

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