Have any of you ever been to the Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis? According to their Facebook page:

Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark.
The Garden is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis. The Garden offers 79 acres of beautiful horticultural display, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, Henry Shaw's original 1850 estate home, and one of the world's largest collections of rare and endangered orchids.
For over 161 years, the Garden has been an oasis in the city, a place of beauty and family fun—and also a center for education, science, and conservation.

Their mission: "To discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life."  And they have a very unique flower that could bloom very soon.

What you see above is a live link video of a 'Corpse Flower' names "Luna".  The flower, which gets its street name because its bloom smells like rotting flesh, is notoriously finicky. From seed, a corpse flower takes 5 to 10 years to bloom at all, and when it does, it usually only stays open 12 to 36 hours. Plus, the plant typically starts to flower in the late afternoon with the peak bloom occurring at night.  You can read a bit more about Luna HERE.

When Luna decides to open up, the Missouri Botanical Gardens will stay open a little so visitors can take a look.  Since not everyone will be able to make the trip, and when Luna decides to bloom, it won't be for a very long time, so you can check out the live YouTube link in the article. By the way, Luna is being housed in the Climatron and if you are not familiar with it, you can click HERE and read my article about it.

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Lets hope that Luna blooms sooner than later.  And you can follow the Missouri Botanical Gardens Facebook page HERE for more updates.

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