According to the Denver Botanic Gardens, this is the first corpse flower bloom in the Gardens’ and Rocky Mountain Region’s history. The plant is native to Sumatra and is in the arum family (Araceae), the same family shared by familiar plants like peace and calla lilies.

“The incredibly stinky corpse flower, Amorphophallus titanum, is blooming,” the Denver Botanic Gardens said Tuesday night in a media release.

Botanic Garden staff describes the rare bloom — it can take up to 20 years for a first bloom and then up to 10 years for a second bloom — as an “extremely rare opportunity to see and SMELL the huge bloom that lasts less than 48 hours!”

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