Stinky flower in full bloom at SF Botanical Garden

June 9, 2011 6:09:25 PM PDT
San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department is urging people to take the time to smell the flower -- the stinky flower.

The dead horse lily opened up this week and if the smell of rotting flesh is your thing, you can take it in at the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

The plant uses its unique stench to attract flies, which helps pollinate its flowers.

"I've never smelled rotten flesh, but I've smelled like really old meat and it's pretty terrible, so it's real close to that," Garden Director Brent Dennis said.

If that's for you, you'd better hurry. The dead horse lily blooms for only a few days.