Rare corpse flower blooms in Seattle

SEATTLE - A corpse flower growing at the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle is finally blooming, and the public is invited to help name it.

This is the first time the flower has bloomed since being donated from the University of Washington Botany Greenhouse in 2006.

Highlighting the event is the unmistakable stench released by the flower as it blooms. Rotting flesh is what most say the flower smells like.

It takes 7 to 10 years for the flower to bloom, says the Conservatory, making a viewing of the specimen a rare event.

A naming contest is also underway for the flower. The contestant whose entry is picked will win a corpse flower of their own. Entries can be made in person at the Conservatory's Park House or on Twitter by tweeting your entry to @Ivan_Von_Katzen.

The Volunteer Park Conservatory is located at 1400 E Galer Street in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. It is open Tuesday-Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there is a $4 admission charge ($2 for youth age 13-18; free for kids 12 and under). The Conservatory is closed on Mondays.