San Francisco’s Corpse Flower Is Blooming, Y’all

One of the big ol’ smelly, exotic flowers in SF is officially unraveling inside Golden Gate Park.

We’re big fans of biophilia. And we’re just as endlessly giddy/enthusiastic about signal-boosting hyperlocal ways to exercise that inherent human quirk. Well, those of us in the seven-by-seven at the moment can catch an incredibly rare sight at the Conservatory of Flowers.

But for how long? Just 48hrs — maybe less.

“IT’S HAPPENING! Scarlet the Corpse Flower is blooming tonight at the Conservatory of Flowers,” reads a tweet from the greenhouse. “Join us tonight 5-9:30 pm (last entry 9 pm) for a special ticketed after-hours program.”

People lined up to catch a glimpse (and whiff) of the flower yesterday evening, per social media. Thankfully, a glimpse at the livestream shows the flowers still in bloom. However, as we mentioned earlier, Scarlet — one of two corpse flowers at the greenhouse, and the blossom currently in bloom — is only expected to hold her terracotta blush for one, maybe two days.

Oh! They are also open today during the 4th of July holiday, so get in there while you can! Expect long lines. Drink your water. Apply SPF (bc UV rays can still penetrate glass panels).

And if the thought of standing in line to see the corpse flower today feels too daunting, there’s always the live stream to peruse. 

The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays; those interested in seeing the flower — one they’ll be able to smell from a metaphorical mile away — can do so by visiting the greenhouse’s West Gallery.

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