About 8,000 people stop to smell stinky plant


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - About 8,000 people took the time to stop
and smell a plant that bloomed at a garden center in Springfield,
even though the plant stinks.
The visitors came to the Friends of Nathanael Greene/Close
Memorial Park last week to see "Audrey," a tropical "corpse"
plant from Sumatra that blooms only every six to 10 years.
William Roston, the primary garden designer for Friends of the
Garden, says the plant smells "like a dead rat" when it blooms.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that Audrey's bloom lasted
only about 36 hours.
Audrey will become dormant and then put up leaves until it
blooms again.
Roston owns the 35-pound tuber and plans to keep it until it's
ready to bloom again.