Houston’s Corpse Flower Finally Ripe

Houston, Texas

At long last, Lois finally opens up at The Houston Museum of Natural Science Butterfly CenterThanks to Facebook, Twitter updates and a viral webcam, the spectacle over Lois has been so huge it’s accomplished the unthinkable: making a museum horticulturist a celebrity.

With the corpse flower making her long-awaited coming out party Wednesday, museum visitors were able to see the deep purple of Lois’ petals. A few even caught whiffs of the grave aroma.

Amber Schreiner, a 21-year-old senior at the University of Houston, could barely contain her excitement about seeing Lois bloom.  “I really want to smell that flower, and I’m going to stay as long as it takes to catch the smell,” she said.

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