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.

Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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