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Corpse flower ready to bloom at Toronto Zoo 'very soon'

Last Updated Aug 7, 2020 at 1:27 pm EDT

“Vincent Van Gross” ready to bloom at the Toronto Zoo - Courtesy: Toronto Zoo

Not everyone will want to stop and smell this flower at the Toronto Zoo. The corpse plant is on track to bloom Friday night.

“Amorphophallus Titanum” is the formal name but the Zoo has nicknamed it “Vincent Van Gross.” This species only blooms for eight to 36 hours and it can take six to ten years for a plant to produce its first flower.

It’s the second time the Zoo has produced a bloom. Vincent’s predecessor, Pablo “Pe-ew” caso, bloomed in September of 2018.

The greenhouse is open extended hours Friday for anyone who wants to take a sniff.


We’re #LIVE from the Greenhouse with our corpse plant Vincent Van Gross